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Institutional Reservation in PG courses of IP University challenged in the Delhi HC

Ashutosh Gambhir

The Delhi High Court today, heard a writ petition by 11 MBBS graduates from Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research against the admission rules/ policy of postgraduate courses at IP University.

The petition filed through Advocate Gautam Swarup, states that as per the said rules, the University restricts admission of students to Post Graduate Medical Courses under the State-Quota (which is legally prescribed), exclusively to undergraduate students of IP University itself.

The petition states that the impugned Articles/Clauses of the Admission Brochure of IP University discriminate between similarly placed students within the NCT of Delhi.

It is prayed that all the State Quota Admissions should be held out of a single State Merit List, in respect of all institutions situated in the NCT of Delhi, based on which common counseling and admissions are to be held.

The petition also relies on recent decisions of the Gujarat and Punjab & Haryana High Courts striking down identical policies in the respective States as well as an interim order of the Supreme Court restricting such institutional reservations to 25% of the total seats.

The Single Judge Bench of Justice Rekha Palli listed the matter tomorrow for further hearing and orally instructed the counsel for IP University to not fill any seats in the meanwhile.

Advocate Ekta Sikri appeared for IP University.

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