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Hyderabad High Court observes PCI can't punish students for technical faults of the regulator

A.Raju, Hyderabad
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Hyderabad high court while disposing of a petition filed by the management of a pharmacy college in the city against the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) for not approving the admissions of 12 students, has observed that PCI cannot punish the students for the technical and administrative lapses of the regulator.

A division bench comprising Justice V. Ramasubramanian and Justice T. Amaranth Goud, while dismissing a petition filed by the management of a pharmacy college run by a Muslim Education Social and Cultural Organization in Hyderabad, maintained that the students are not responsible for the technical and administrative faults of the regulator body and the PCI cannot penalise the students by sending them out.

The management of a Pharmacy College run by a Muslim Educational Society had admitted 12 students in excess to the allocated intake of 60 students for the college for the academic year 2017-18.

However, the college management admitted the 12 students in excess to its allocated intake by virtue of an interim order on 22 August 2017. At that time there was no clear stand taken by the PCI regarding the additional admissions by the college and had not issued any communication to the college against excess admissions.

But later on when almost the academic year is getting completed and the college pursued with the PCI for the approval of 12 additional admissions, the PCI had clearly refused to approve it and decided to penalise the students by sending them out.

While disposing of the case, the court has clearly observed that PCI cannot penalise the students for the administrative and technical lapses and dismissed the case.

While commenting on the high court judgment, local pharmacy associations observed that students must be cautious before getting admitted into any college because some of the colleges are admitting additional students in excess to their allotted capacity and later putting request to the PCI for approvals and when the PCI refuses to approve the admissions, the students are at the risk as they will not only lose money in the form of fees but also waste their precious time and get entangled into legal issues.


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