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High Court stays PG dental admissions after aspirants challenge seat distribution

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High Court stays PG dental admissions after aspirants challenge seat distribution

The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday stopped the college allotment list for postgraduate dental courses, which was expected on Friday, after three candidates challenged the distribution of seats among various caste categories. The interim order could set a precedent and further defer an already-delayed admission process. The court will now hear the matter. Dental course aspirants Shivani Raghuvanshi, Pranali Charde and Sanjana Wadewale, in separate petitions filed on Tuesday and Wednesday, had argued that the state government used different methods to reserve seats for socially and educationally backward castes (SEBC) or Marathas and other reserved categories in private colleges. They also contended that the SEBC quota couldn’t be applied to dental admissions as the admission process had begun before the state introduced the Maratha quota. Appearing for PG dental students, Ashwin Deshpande said, “The SEBC seats should also be distributed from available seats so that there’s an increase in the number of seats for general category students.”

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