HC refuses to lift stay on St John's collecting fees

HC refuses to lift stay on St John's collecting fees

The high court on Thursday refused to vacate the stay granted on the collection of fees from candidates named in the provisional list for admission to the PG medical course at the St John's National Academy of Health Sciences.

A division bench comprising Justice H G Ramesh and Justice John Michael Cunha dismissed the interlocutory application (IA) filed by the academy seeking directions to vacate the stay that was granted on the collection of fees for PG medical course.

The petitioner,  Dr Rachana Kishore Ubrangala, an MBBS graduate from Mangaluru, has contended that though she had secured high marks in NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), she was not considered for the provisional list. Other students with lower ranks were considered for admission at the academy. Hearing her petition, the court had granted stay on the collection of fees.

The bench, passing an order on the IA, said, “Rule of law requires the college to follow the procedure for admission mandated under Regulation 9A (selection of PG students) of Postgraduate Medical Education Regulation, 2000. The procedure adopted by the college is contrary to Regulation 9A but also contrary to the principle of merit.” However, the bench directed the college to follow regulations and participate in the common counselling and admit students for 2017-2018 on allotment of seats by the Common Counselling Authority.

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