The High Court on Friday summoned the Principal Secretary to the Medical Education Department to be present on Monday. This follows a submission by the State government’s counsel that there was no officer available in the Department, except for a section officer, to take a stand on admission of medical students to PG courses in private colleges.
A Division Bench of Justices K L Manjunath and Ravi Malimuth was hearing a petition filed by Raghavendra and 64 other students alleging that COMED-K, deemed universities and the Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Professional Colleges Association had made admissions to Doctor of Medicine course only under management quota and not government quota. The Bench directed the Medical Education Department to present its stand on Friday. But after the counsel for the government said there is no officer available, the bench directed the Principal Secretary to be present before the court on Monday. It also directed the official to make a submission on why no action was taken against these institutions.
The petitioners contended that the government had directed the COMED-K to reserve seats under government quota, but the order was ignored and admissions were made only under management quota.