June 7, 2017: The Supreme Court  has extended the deadline for admissions to medical courses at Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University and to government colleges till June 12. This verdict has  bought respite to the students who wish to secure the admissions to prestigious medical  institutes like Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) . The decision  has been taken by the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta and has also set aside a high court ruling, reacting to the plea by Ashish Ranjan. The court to monitor the time frame for conducting the counselling and admission process of medical courses.

ASG Maninder Singh had contested that since all admissions were over and classes had started, the high court judgement need not be stayed. The Supreme Court has not held that argument valid. In the judgement the court observed: “In peculiar circumstances, time is extended till June 12 for AMU-BHU and government colleges to take admissions.” As per PTI report , The apex court order came on the plea of BHU and AMU contending that the high court verdict was violative of earlier apex court judgement and Medical Council of India (MCI) regulations which allow institutes to take admissions on 50% seats from their own institution. Also Read: NEET PG 2017: SC verdict on AMU and BHU preferential allotment today

Both these central universities had got the support from the MCI, which had argued that the high court has erred in interpreting the laid down regulations.Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for BHU, had sought immediate stay of the high court’s order saying the “entire apple cart” cannot be reversed. Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the AMU, had said some students have already been admitted by the varsities under the 50% quota, therefore the high court verdict needs to be stayed.