Judge GR Swaminathan handed down the verdict while allowing a batch of writ petitions filed by 13 private colleges that offer courses in Indian medicine.

Judge GR Swaminathan handed down the verdict while allowing a batch of writ petitions filed by 13 private colleges that offer courses in Indian medicine.

Private colleges can fill vacancies on their own if the number of applicants sponsored by the Indian Medicine and Homeopathy Directorate (DIMH) selection committee was less than the allowed admission of those colleges or if some sponsored candidates had not joined the colleges leading to the unfilled and wasted seats, the Madras High Court has ruled.

Judge GR Swaminathan handed down the verdict while allowing a batch of writ petitions filed by 13 private colleges that offer courses in Indian medicine. The petitioners have been aggrieved by DIMH’s insistence that only students sponsored by the selection committee be admitted to both government and leadership quota seats and that colleges cannot admit anyone on their own .

While allowing their motions in writ, by way of joint order, Mr. Swaminathan pointed out that in all the cases brought before the court, there was a shortfall in the sponsorship of the candidates. This was either because the selection committee did not sponsor the entire class or because some of the sponsored candidates did not join, leaving vacancies. Such a situation occurred after the second cycle of advice or after the mop-up advice.

“I am satisfied that the college directors duly informed the selection committee of the position that would result. Since the seats would be wasted and not filled, the respective college leaderships admitted the candidates on their own,” Mr. Swaminathan said. Mr. Swaminathan ordered DIMH to allow all students admitted by the colleges on their own, without being sponsored by the committee, to take their exams.