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The 30 odd students of master of dental surgery of private colleges in Haryana got a big relief when the Punjab and Haryana high court directed a state university to award degrees to the students who have completed the course.
The private dental colleges had admitted these students after conducting their own counselling for the academic session of 2010-11 and they had not passed the screening test as mandated by the Dental Council of India (DCI).
In August 2014 a single-judge bench had dismissed the petition of these students and thereby leaving them in a lurch. The students had filed the petition challenging the Government of India communication that termed their admission as illegal. SGT University, Gurgaon; Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad; JN Kapoor DAV Centenary Dental College, Yamuna Nagar; and other colleges affiliated to Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak were asked to refund the tuition fees and admission fees. The students thereafter filed an appeal in the division bench.
The high court division bench of Justice SS Saron and justice Amol Rattan Singh stated while allowing the petition of these students,” The manner in which the private dental colleges have conducted themselves is somewhat improper but for that the appellants-students are not to suffer. Even otherwise, the grouse of the private dental colleges has been that there was inaction on the part of the state admissions committee and there was no clear policy or directions for admitting students who were qualified and seats were available.”