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High Court asked dental college not to change admission rule

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The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Goa government not to change the process of admissions to the Goa Dental College the state's only state-run dental institute – as the regulations of the Dental Council of India (DCI) were sufficient. Justice B.P. Dharmadhikari and Justice U.D. Salvi observed that since the admission process was covered by regulations put in place by the DCI, the Goa government had no authority to legislate in the matter. The new clause inserted by the state government 'was not in addition to the DCI regulations, but repugnant to it,' they said, also asking the DCI to step in to regulate and monitor the admission process of the college.

On a petition of dental student Gaurav Nagarsekar who sought court regulation and rationalisation of norms for admissions to the post-graduate course, the court asked the government to restart the admission process from scratch. Nagarsekar, who was eliminated during the admission process, argued that the state government had suddenly changed the selection criteria this year, by giving a 60 % weightage for the specialised subjects. The bench dismissed the government's argument that Nagarsekar had delayed approaching the court, and also rejected the state government plea to make prospective application of the judgement.

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