Gujarat HC partly quashes ordinance abolishing all NRI quota in medical courses

Posted on:18 Aug 2016 18:20:04
Gujarat HC partly quashes ordinance abolishing all NRI quota in medical courses
18 August 2016 Current Affairs: The Gujarat High Court has  partly quashed a government ordinance abolishing the entire NRI quota in colleges offering medical courses in the state.

A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi held unconstitutional the government's decision to cancel quota for "genuine" NRIs seeking admission in colleges in the state.

The court observed that there was "no reason to remove the NRI quota entirely" as this amounted to violation of the Supreme Court order in the PA Inamdar case and hence, was unconstitutional.

The state government had earlier this year issued an ordinance, called the Gujarat Professional Medical Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, whereby the entire quota for NRIs in medical colleges was abolished.

The high court also refused to stay its order for two weeks when the lawyer of one of the five petitioners, a consortium of self-finance dental colleges, requested the same so that his client could move the Supreme Court.Five petitioners, including a consortium of self-financed dental colleges and four NRI admission seekers, had challenged the constitutional validity of the Gujarat Professional Medical Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016.

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