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Admission: hearing of petition on January 13

Legal Correspondent

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on January 13 a petition challenging a notification issued by the Karnataka Government seeking to take over the process of admissions to postgraduate medical, dental and diploma courses in unaided self-financing colleges.

A Bench of Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P.P. Naolekar fixed the date of hearing of a writ petition filed by the Karnataka Private Medical Colleges' Association and five others on a mention made by counsel Krishnan Venugopal, who pleaded for early listing of the matter as important issues were involved.

In the past, the association had conducted a common entrance test for admission to postgraduate courses under the management quota, the petitioners said. This year, despite the August 12 judgment, the committee overseeing the conduct of the Common Entrance Test (CET) refused permission to the association to conduct it.

The Government issued the notification stating that for admission to postgraduate medical and dental degree and diploma courses in private medical, dental colleges and deemed universities, it will hold a CET, and admissions will be done through centralised counselling.

The petitioners contended that the Government had no power to interfere with the admission process adopted by unaided colleges.

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