Responding to a Bombay High Court Ruling, the Supreme Court said that the courts should not allow admissions in colleges that have not been approved by the respective regulatory body. The apex court gave its verdict after setting aside the Bombay High Court order that allowed a dental college to conduct PG admissions at its own "risk".
The Bombay High Court passed an order on March 31, 2016, allowing Dr. Hedgewar Smruti Rugna Seva Mandal to admit students to its MDS programme in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics for the session 2017-18 even though the Government and Dental Council of India informed that the institute lacked proper infrastructure and teaching facility.
The Supreme Court added that such interim orders regarding admissions should not be passed if the institution has not been given the required approvals. The court added that such orders will cause chaos and uncertainty as the students will believe that the institute has been given approval by the High Court.
The Supreme Court stated that passing such orders was not in the favour of students and was ‘absolutely unsustainable’. It further stated that unapproved colleges must not be granted permission to conduct admissions as it promotes an attitude of serendipity.
The court further added that students who took admission after the verdict of the High Court for the session of 2016-17 will be allowed to pursue their courses. However, the seats in these contradicted programmes will be adjusted from the session 2017-18.
The court has also directed the college in question to deposit a sum of Rs. 30 lakh before the Registry within eight weeks. The college has been barred from recovering the loss from students. The matter will be taken up by the court on July 2017 to ensure compliance.