SC stays HC order on GMCH-32 admission quota

DW BUREAU / CHANDIGARH
In a major development, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the judgment of Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had quashed the quota for Chandigarh students in the admission to the MD/MS seats at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32 here.
“Today, Supreme Court stayed the judgment of the High Court. As of now, our stand is vindicated. Now, the case has been listed for July 2,” UT Standing Counsel Pankaj Jain told Daily World.
Pertinently, GMCH-32 has 128 seats for MD/MS courses. As per basic scheme of exam, 64 are reserved for All India quota and 64 are reserved for UT quota. There is no dispute regarding the All India quota. UT has been filling its quota from students who passed MBBS from GMCH-32. Last year, it was challenged before the High Court.
In its judgment, the High Court had said that UT cannot reserve all its seats for students of GMCH-32.
“This year, we reserved 32 seats out of 64 for residents of UT and 32 for students of GMCH-32. High Court again quashed it saying you fill 32 seats from All India merit. It was an injustice to residents of Chandigarh as it discriminated against them qua students of other states as All India quota was increased to 75 per cent and Chandigarh quota was reduced from 50 per cent to 25 per cent,” said a senior UT officer.
Taking up the matter, the UT Administration immediately approached the Supreme Court and has got the interim relief from the Apex Court.

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