Apex court directs Bihar’s AN Magadh Medical College to admit candidate under ‘central pool’ quota despite expiry of last date
Dimapur: In a major respite to a student from Nagaland, the Supreme Court has directed AN Magadh Medical College in Gaya, Bihar to admit her under the central pool quota despite expiry of the last date for admissions.
The judgment was rendered by a Bench comprising of Justice SA Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao on Monday on the petition filed by the student.
The central government allots MBBS and BDS seats every year from the central pool to various beneficiary states and union territories. Nagaland is one such beneficiary, which doesn’t have any medical college in the state.
Consequently, the Centre, on August 30, allotted an additional seat to the state of Nagaland in AN Magadh Medical College under the central pool quota for the academic session 2018-19. The seat was reportedly allotted a day before the last date on which students could be admitted, according to the timeline fixed by the Supreme Court.
The candidate was consequently nominated by the state for the seat only on September 4, reports said. She reached the college on September 9, but was reportedly denied admission on the ground that the last date, August 31, as fixed by the Supreme Court, had already expired.
She pointed out that the delay was not because of any fault of her own. The candidate further stated that that the denial of admission was violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 300A of the Constitution of India. She, therefore, demanded that she be admitted to AN Magadh Medical College to pursue her MMBS course for the academic session 2018-19, despite the delay.