Pvt medical colleges can fill vacant NRI seats: SC

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 21:05

New Delhi: Unaided medical colleges can fill
up their vacant NRI quota seats with meritorious general quota
candidates, determined through their own entrance tests, the
Supreme Court has held.

A three-judge bench of justices Deepak Verma, BS Chauhan
and KS Radhakrishnan passed the interim order permitting some
private medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh to fill up their
vacant NRI seats for 2012-13, pending a constitution bench`s
decision on a bunch of appeals on the issue.

The apex court held that the earlier ruling of the Madhya
Pradesh High Court in 2010 in the R D Gardi Medical College
case that the seats have to be filled up equally by the
government and the private colleges was contrary to the
11-judge constitution bench ruling in the P A Inamadar case
(2005).

"We are, therefore, inclined to allow both the
applications and over rule the direction given by the two
learned judges of this court in the RD Gardi Medical College
case and hold that it is open to the unaided professional
educational institutions to fill up unfilled NRI seats for the
year 2012-13 and for the succeeding years through the entrance
test conducted by them till the disposal of the appeal subject
to the conditions laid down in Inamdar strictly on the basis
of merits," Justice Radhakrishnan writing the judgement said.

Petitioners Modern Dental College and Research and others
had challenged the constitutional validity of `the Madhya
Pradesh Niji Vyavsayik Shikshan Sanstha Vidhan` (the Madhya
Pradesh Private Professional Educational Institution Act),
regulating medical admissions as it stipulated that unfilled
NRI seats should be jointly filled by the government and the
respective colleges.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 21:05

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