The UT Chandigarh pool for PG MD/MS admission in GMCH (Government Medical College and Hospital), Chandigarh has been struck down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Justice Lalit Batra and Justice Mahesh Grover who comprised the division bench disposed of the issue claiming the Chandigarh pool is unconstitutional and invalid in law. Hence, no reservations will be provided on the grounds of institutional preference or residence in the UT. The directive mentioned that all domicile based admissions under UT Chandigarh pool will become unsustainable. Moreover, the remaining 50% of seats will be utilized via All-India Quota. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has also announced that merit will not be compromised at all.

The court order notified, “We would conclude that in the matters of admission to postgraduate courses such a reservation/preference which has its foundations in a long discarded principle, domicile, will be unsustainable. Besides, all clauses that have been introduced in the brochure and discussed to describe a candidate with a background of Chandigarh will be unsustainable in law…” It further stated “We, therefore, strike down clause 2 (a) (b) and (c) of UT Chandigarh, pool as being invalid and unsustainable in law. All admissions made by placing reliance on the above will as a logical corollary be also unsustainable. The only course available to the college is to fill up seats through merit position obtained by candidates in NEET examination.”

However, Pankaj Jain, UT senior standing counsel, said, “We will move the Supreme Court against the order.”

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