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PG medical courses admission set aside

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HYDERABAD: A full Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, comprising three judges, on Thursday set aside the admissions made to the Post-Graduate Medical Courses in the State for the academic year 2005-2006.

The Bench, comprising Justice J. Chalameswar, Justice Ghulam Mohammad and Justice G. Raghu Ram, was allowing a batch of writ petitions filed by various students complaining that the new method adopted by NTR University of Health Sciences as per the directions of the State Government was unconstitutional.

The case of Gudipati Anantha Ram, who got the first rank in the entrance examination but was not given the seat of his choice, was placed before the Bench.

The seats in various specialisations in all the colleges are to be filled as per ranks obtained in the entrance examination. Reservations are provided for locals and non- locals of each university area, SC, ST, BC classes, women, physically challenged and in-service doctors. This year 100-point roaster was prepared as done in employment sector and seat matrix was finalised.

The Bench, speaking through Justice Raghu Ram, declared that the seat matrix evolved by the authorities as per GO 44 was unconstitutional. The judge said that the Presidential order (which declares the local and non- local candidates and reservation to these categories) was violated. The methodology suffered from excessive reservation for locals beyond the presidential order.

In a 98-page judgment, the bench found fault with the authorities for clubbing various disciplines to calculate reservation.

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