Hyderabad: The Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences denied on Tuesday the allegation that it had adopted an unusual method to deny seats to meritorious reserved candidates (MRCs) in the open category in the second phase of counselling for medical and dental seats.
Urging the High Court to vacate the interim stay issued on August 7 on counselling, university registrar Dr D. Praveen Kumar submitted a detailed affidavit of the process it had followed in the counselling, to a division bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kumar and P. Keshav Rao. The bench had earlier given an interim direction to stay the process while hearing a petition filed by Nootenki Bhavana and four other students from Adilabad, Wanaparthi and Nirmal districts, charging the university authorities with doing injustice to students of reserved categories. The bench said that it will hear the case with several other cases filed on Tuesday, all of them making similar allegations.
In the affidavit, the registrar said that after the second phase of counselling, only 824 seat allotments had been released under the open category quota. These comprised 687 OC, 4 SC, 2 ST, 6 BC-A, 68 BC-B, 53 BC-D, and 4 BC-E candidates. He said that 1,663 candidates had been allotted seats under the reserved category, of which there were 396 SC, 163 ST, 186 BC-A, 449 BC-B, 313 BC-D and 126 BC-E students. In total, 687 seats had been allotted to the OC category and 1,800 seats to reserved category candidates, out of which 137 were from the open category by merit, the affidavit said.
The registrar said that the petitioners had filed the petition with malafide intentions as all five of them could not get MBBS seats as their NEET ranks were between 62,000 and 1,66,200. Two petitioners had got admission in BDS.
The petitioners alleged that there were irregularities in the admission process.
The authorities had deviated from the procedure contemplated under GO 114 as well as GO 550. They submitted that according to the Supreme Court the authorities had to follow GO 550 in the admission process for engineering, medical, and other professional courses....