Bombay High Court accepted the plea made by minority institutions of the State, thereof the court has allowed the minority institutions to conduct their own common entrance test for admissions. The test process would be applicable for medical and technical courses admissions. The Court has also made it clear that the arrangement stands approved only for this academic session.
Earlier Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (Medical Education) did not permitted minority institutions to conduct their own CET/CAP for the current academic year, and hence the institutions filed a petition in Bombay High Court for jurisdiction. A division bench of Justice Anoop V. Mohta and Justice A. A. Sayed issued the order on 27 August allowing minority institutions to go on with the old process for admissions.
On 17 August, Maharashtra State government converted an ordinance into “Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admissions and Fees) Act, 2015” to regulate the admission process and fee in Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions in the State. As per the Senior officials of the Higher and Technical Education Department, constituting the admission regulating authority and fee regulating authority has not been done yet and would take more time.
Judges stated, “We see there is no reason now to delay or postpone the procedure for conducting private CET/CAP, specifically for want of a full mechanism and machinery, under the provisions of the Act.” Both the Judges were of the opinion that the institutions could go back to the process adopted last year so that the careers of students are not affected.
The Bench further said “The Directorate of Medical Education and Research can provide the detailed list of all those eligible candidates who appeared for the Government Medical CET (MH-CET) and from this list, the minority institutions can choose the required number of candidates to enroll into their institutions on the basis of the merit. While selecting the candidates from the proposed list, firstly the minority candidates need to be admitted and if seats remain vacant, thereafter, may be filled from general category.”
The government had approved creation of posts for the CET Cell, Admissions Regulating Authority and Fee Regulating Authority in July. An officer has also been appointed as Commissioner of the State CET. But it had extended the term of the earlier authorities as the mechanism will take more time.
The Bench also directed the State government to take all necessary steps, to implement the scheme of the Act effectively in every respect including the regularisation of admissions and fees even by unaided private professional educational institutions.