The Madras High Court directed Asan Memorial Dental College and Hospital, a private dental college, to refund the full fees paid by Iranian students, whose admissions were cancelled as they were enrolled without the mandatory National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET) qualification.
Justice P N Prakash ordered the college to handover all the demand drafts to the Consul General of Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammed Haghbin Ghoni, who appeared in the court to represent the case of the students. He also directed the Consul General, who is in touch with the families of the students, to ensure that the amount reached them.
The court was hearing a petition by student Naseer Hamidavi Zegheiri, seeking vacation of stay on the FIR registered against the college on a complaint by him that it had not refunded the fees paid by him after his admission was cancelled. According to the petitioner, the college had admitted the students, who did not have the NEET qualification, despite knowing that it was compulsory for admission to medical courses. It later informed him that the MGR Medical University, to which the college was affiliated, was instructed to discharge all foreign national candidates admitted to the BDS course without the NEET qualification.
Besides Zeheiri, there were 14 other students who had also been admitted by the college without the NEET qualification.Posted in National