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Saturday, March 13, 2010

CET for medical PG: Decide in a month HC tells govt

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court has given a month's time to the state government to take a decision in the matter concerning holding a common entrance test (CET) for state quota in all institutions offering postgraduate medical degree courses from the next academic year.

Acting on second public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Parents Association for Medical, Dental and Paramedical, a division bench comprising Justice MS Shah and Justice AS Dave has asked the state government to act fast. The bench asked the government to decide in one month if it would hold a CET for admission to all state colleges' PG medical courses.

In addition, this time the high court has, in specific words, warned the government that it would face contempt proceedings in the case if it fails to reach a conclusion this time.

"State government will take final decision in the matter within one month, failing which, it will expose itself to
all the consequences for disobedience of the order of this court," the division bench wrote, after mentioning its five-month-old order, in which the court had given three-month period to the government to take decision on the same issue.

Last year, the state government made a resolution that admission to PG courses would be regulated by a common entrance test and there would be a single window system. However, the government and the universities did not implement this system, and a parents' association filed a PIL demanding that such institutes should not hold separate entrance test. In reply to this PIL, the state government in June this year told the court that a report of a committee headed by Kanubhai Kalsaria in this regard was under consideration of the government.

The court had then asked the government to take decision on whether CET should be held within three months or not.

But when the government could not come to any conclusion, the parents association filed another PIL reiterating their earlier demands.

TNN, Dec 13, 2009, 03.13am IST

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