HC rejects a dental college plea to order DCI to register students admitted in excess

The Madras High Court bench on Saturday rejected the plea of a dental college, seeking a direction to the Dental Council of India and Dr. MGR Medical University to register candidates admitted in excess of the permitted level and issue them Hall tickets to write the exam for 2013-14.

Madurai: The Madras High Court bench on Saturday rejected the plea of a dental college, seeking a direction to the Dental Council of India and Dr. MGR Medical University to register candidates admitted in excess of the permitted level and issue them Hall tickets to write the exam for 2013-14.

Justice K K Sasidharan said the petitioner, Best Dental Science College of Ultra Trust, was treating dental education like any other business. They had admitted 17 students after the cutoff date and violated the time schedule approved by the Supreme Court with impunity, he said and dismissed the petition.

The court could not direct DCI or the University to forward the names of the excess students for registering and writing examination. The court could not be a party to illegal activities, the Judge said.

"The court cannot direct the DCI to change or modify the time schedule which was approved by the Supreme Court of India," Justice Sasidharan said.

Though DCI had increased the college strength from 50 to 100 from the 2013-14 academic year, Government of India gave the approval for it on Oct 14,2013. The last date for granting permission for BDS course as per DCI rules was over by July 15 2013 and hence the college could not seek issue of hall tickets for the extra 17 students admitted, he said.

The petitioner contended as the Centre had given approval for 2013-14, they were entitled to admit students and hence the DCO should send the names of the 17 students to the University for appearing in the exam.  

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