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High Court directs dental colleges to admit 27 students

Staff Reporter

Admissions subject to result of petition

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed several private dental colleges in the State to admit 27 students selected for postgraduate dental courses for 2005-06 under the government quota and said their admission would be subject to the result of the writ petitions.

Justice B.S. Patil passed the order on two petitions challenging the refusal by five colleges to admit students selected under the government quota for postgraduate dental courses.

In the first petition, Sankeshwari Roopali of Hubli, Sanjeev Singh B.R. and 21 others, all BDS students, said they were allotted seats in four different dental colleges on April 25, 2005 by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

They said the colleges — KLE's Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum; College of Dental Sciences, Davangere; Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere; and R.V. Dental College, Bangalore, — had refused to admit them saying that the fee fixation process was yet to be completed and they could not be admitted till then.

The petitioners said they had been given provisional allotment letters for postgraduate dental seats by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

When they reported to the colleges on April 27, they were asked to come on May 3.

On that day they were told that they would not be admitted as the fee fixation issue was before the Supreme Court.

They asked the court to direct the colleges to admit them to the postgraduate courses.

If this prayer could not be granted, they also sought a direction to the State to allot seats in any other dental college.

Justice Patil directed the colleges to act in terms of the allotment letter by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and said the admission of the petitioners would be subject to the result of the writ petition.

Another petition

In another petition, Riyaj Ahmad Mantur and three others, all BDS students, said the Yenepoya Dental College of Mangalore had refused to admit them to PG dental courses.

The petitioners said the college had issued endorsements on April 28 and April 30, 2005 refusing to admit them to the courses. They challenged the legality and validity of the endorsements and urged the court to direct the college to admit them.

They said the college could not refuse their admission after they wrote an entrance examination and were given a provisional allotment letter by the RGUHS. They said any further delay would jeopardise their career. Justice Patil directed the college to admit the students and said their admission would be subject to the result of the writ petition.

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