100% institutional preference in quota seats under High Court scanner - ECAS Punjab

100% institutional preference in quota seats under High Court scanner

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Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 16

Hundred per cent institutional preference in the state quota seats for admission to postgraduate courses in medical institutions has come under judicial scanner, with the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking the Secretary concerned to file an affidavit on a petition alleging that the move was illegal.

The Secretary has been asked to explain the percentage of reservation provided under the institutional preference in the current session and the exclusion of other candidates "in violation of settled principles of law".

The direction came on a petition alleging that the benefit of institutional preference was granted to an extent of 100 per cent of the total state quota seats in the general and physically disabled category.

The Bench was told that Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, despite the issuance of directions last year, again issued notification for conducting counselling for admission to the MD/MS/PG diploma courses by providing the benefit of 100 per cent institutional preference, thereby depriving the deserving and meritorious candidates of their rightful seat.

Taking up the petition filed by Dr Shubham Mittal, the Division Bench of Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Sant Parkash also issued a notice of motion and notice regarding stay to the State of Punjab and other respondents. The Bench also fixed the case for further hearing on June 26.

Appearing before the Bench through video-conferencing, the counsel for the petitioner contended that the extended institutional preference was against the permissible limit of 50 per cent as authoritatively held by the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in the case of "Saurabh Chaudhari and others versus the Union of India and others".

The counsel said institutional preference being "horizontal reservation" could not have been restricted only to the general and physical handicapped category by excluding the other categories.

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