The Supreme Court calls the condition in the information bulletin for PGET 2018 issued by Karnataka government as “invalid”, which imposed a condition of domicile on candidates for admission to post graduate medical or dental courses seats in the state.
Also See : KEA PGET 2018 Notification
The Apex Court hold clause 4.1 of the information Bulletin of PGET 2018 published on March 10, 2018 as invalid to the to the extent it disqualifies petitioners and similarly situated candidates who completed their MBBS/BDS degree courses from colleges situated in Karnataka from competing for admission to Postgraduate Medical/Dental Courses in Government Medical Colleges and against government quota seats in non-governmental institutions.
The Supreme Courts has directed the Karnataka government, DME and KEA to modify and amend the information bulletin for PGET -2018 (postgraduate entrance test) and re publish the calendar of events.
The Karnataka government on other hand contended that the state was within its right to formulate eligibility conditions to give preference to candidates who were most likely to serve the state.
It said that under the eligibility conditions, only candidates of Karnataka origin could compete for admission to 50 per cent government seats in government colleges and against government quota seats in private colleges.
Arun Mishra and U U Lalit the bench of justices referred to its 2014 verdict which dealt with a similar condition in PGET-14, denying institutional preference to students who had passed MBBS/BDS from colleges or universities situated in Karnataka.
A total of 44 doctors, who have done their MBBS/BDS courses from the state and have cleared the NEET-PG, 2018 examination with high merit position and are now aspiring for admission to postgraduate courses in the state have moved the apex court terming the condition as ultra vires and sought direction for quashing the clause. They submitted that the bulletin imposes a condition of domicile for admission to MD, MS and post-graduate diploma seats in Karnataka and is invalid and unconstitutional.
They contended that Clause 4.1 “arbitrarily” and “illegally” deprives the petitioners who had obtained MBBS/BDS degrees from the colleges situated in the state from competing for admission to post-graduate medical/dental courses in government medical colleges and against government quota seats in non-governmental institutions.
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