HC dismisses petition against Chettinad Medical College

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Chennai, Aug 14 (UNI) The Madras High Court today dismissed a petition filed against the self financing Chettinad Medical College, seeking direction to the Tamil Nadu Government to make the college surrender 83 seats for the Government quota.

Dismissing a petition filed by Rajammal Memorial Charity Trust, the first bench comprising Chief Justice A K Ganguly and Justice F K Ibrahim Kalifullah said, as the college had obtained Deemed University status, the Court could not interfere.

Moreover, the petitioner trust was not an aggrieved party in the case, the bench added.

The petitioner said contrary to the general practice of conducting counselling for both Government and private colleges simultaneously in the first phase of counselling, the State Government and Director of Medical Education conducted counselling only for Government colleges in the first phase.

The DME, held the second phase of counselling for self financing colleges after a gap of more than a month in August, the petitioner said and alleged that the second phase of counselling was deliberately delayed to facilitate Chettinad Medical College to obtain Deemed University status.

The college had been denying to part with 65 per cent of seats to the Government, right from its inception last year, the petitioner said. Irrespective of the Deemed University status, the College should be directed to surrender 83 seats to the Government, he added.

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