The Supreme Court of India has ordered a medical college in Maharashtra to compensate Rs. 20 lakh to each of the 19 meritorious students for denying admission to MBBS and BDS courses without proper reason and explanation.
Ulhas Patil Medical College in Jalgaon – Maharashtra denied admission to 19 students six years ago. Since the medical college agreed to pay the penalty to 19 students, a bench of Justices U U Lalit and Arun Mishra spared the institute from de-recognition.
The apex court further directed the authorities of the medical college to deposit money within three months to the PNS (Pravesh Niyantran Samiti), a committee constituted by the state government to regulate and oversee admissions in medical colleges.
The apex court also quashed the order of the Aurangabad bench of Bombay HC to de-affiliate the college for denying admission to students. The apex court noted that it is not judicial to de-affiliate the college, as the management has agreed to pay the compensation. If the college fails to pay the compensation within three months, the order issued by Aurangabad bench will stand as it is, clarified the Supreme Court.
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On March 27, 2018, the Aurangabad bench of Bombay HC ordered for the de-recognition of Ulhas Patil Medical College on the grounds of wrongful denial of MBBS admissions, cancellation of MBBS admissions of less meritorious students and violation of procedure and schedule prescribed by PNS. The college challenged the order of Aurangabad HC in Supreme Court seeking relief.