HC: Can't give vacant seats to those who didn't take CET

PUBLISH DATE 7th October 2017

The Bombay high court has ruled that it is not permissible for private unaided colleges to admit students who have not participated in the common entrance test prescribed by the state to fill up seats that would otherwise go vacant.

A division bench dismissed petitions filed by two nursing colleges to regularize the admissions granted to students who had not appeared for the Maharashtra CET. The HC declared that such admissions were “void“ and directed the colleges to release the original documents of the students so that they can pursue a career of their choice.

“The institutions cannot fill the seats meant for state quota candidates by surpassing the procedure of MHT-CET on the grounds that they participated in the Common Admission Process rounds but at the fag end the seats were going vacant,“ said the judges. “If permitted to be carried out in nursing colleges it would also be required to be followed in filling of the seats of MBBS, BDS and others health science courses since the conduct of the MHT-CET 2017 is for all the sciences courses,“ added the court.