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H.K. Patil's daughter sues college

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Lakshmi Patil challenges COMED-K qualifying test, says college refused to admit her

BANGALORE: The daughter of Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister H.K. Patil has filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the decision of a private medical college in denying her a medical seat.

In her petition, Lakshmi H. Patil, said she had appeared for the Pre-University examination for 2004-05 and secured 508 out of 600 marks. She obtained 91 per cent in physics, chemistry and biology stream.

Ms. Patil said she was a student of the K.H. Patil Pre-University College, Hulakoti, Gadag. She appeared for the Common Entrance Test (CET) of the State Government and COMED-K. She was ranked 5,258 in the COMED-K medical/dental stream.

The COMED-K marks card she received on May 27 showed she had secured 78 out of 180 marks.

The petitioner said she applied for a medical seat in the B.M. Patil Medical College, Bijapur.

The college refused her a seat saying she had secured only 48 per cent in the COMED-K qualifying examination and the college brochure stipulated that only those who secured 50 or more per cent were eligible for a seat.

Challenging the COMED-K qualifying test, Ms. Patil said any additional qualification examination was illegal, discriminatory and unconstitutional apart from ultra vires of the Karnataka Selection of Candidates for Admission to Professional Institution Rules of 2005.

She urged the court to direct the college to admit her.

The petition came up before Justice R. Gururajan and is clubbed with other similar petitions challenging the MCI regulations stipulating that candidates should have obtained 50 per cent of marks in the qualifying examination if they wanted to join a medical college.

Adjourned

Justice R. Gururajan on Thursday adjourned further hearing of the matter on the MCI guidelines to Friday.

Several students had petitioned the court against the MCI norms and said it was arbitrary and illegal.

The advocate appearing for COMED-K submitted that the institution was not the authority but it was for the members colleges of COMED-K to follow MCI guidelines.

He said COMED-K had no role to play on the issue and informed the court that he would file an affidavit. He said the onus on implementing MCI guidelines vested with individual colleges.

He said COMED-K had published only a single list for engineering, medical and dental courses.

Justice Gururajan observed that several students had been put into hardship and the Government should not have allowed it to happen.

Counsel for MCI said it is time for the law to take its own course.

He disputed COMED-K's submission that it was not responsible for ensuring that the MCI guidelines were followed.

The CET counsel said the CET Cell had not received any circular from MCI on the mandatory marks to be obtained by candidates in the qualifying examination.

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