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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Over 90% MBBS seats vacant, 3 govt colleges begin classes


Over 90% MBBS seats vacant, 3 govt colleges begin classes

Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 6

The Medical Education Department has failed to complete the MBBS admission process ahead of the academic session that was to begin on August 1. Out of 1,225 seats in eight medical colleges in the state, only 77 seats have been filled. Nevertheless, three government colleges have started classes for the students admitted so far.

In Government Medical College, Patiala, there are 24 students; Amritsar 21 and Faridkot 6. Nearly 46 of these students have been admitted by the Medical Counselling Committee, New Delhi, under the all-India quota and five under the NRI quota. Together these colleges offer 600 MBBS seats and more than 90 per cent are still vacant.

Other than admissions on 51 seats in three government colleges, 26 candidates have been admitted in CMC and DMC, Ludhiana, under the NRI quota.

Preferring anonymity, a senior functionary of GMC, Patiala, said, “As uncertainty is hovering over the admission process for 1,148 MBBS seats in eight medical colleges and 1,309 BDS seats in 15 dental colleges, we have started classes for 24 students admitted so far.”

With only six students admitted so far, Government Medical College, Faridkot, has not started regular classes, but has asked these students to sit together with the faculty members for an “orientation course”.

As per Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines, before the starting classes for new batch, one-month foundation course was to be rolled out on August 1. This course is aimed at helping students coming from varied socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds to mix well and adapt to their new environment.

“We cannot start the foundation course with just six students, so we have to wait till the admission on all seats is made,” said a senior official in Faridkot college.

What’s holding up admissions

Sources in the Department of Medical Education and Research say following the July 24 orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which allowed micro-reservation in private medical colleges, the department is yet to decide whether to challenge the decision, file a revision petition or implement it. “We are taking legal opinion on the matter,” says DK Tiwari, Principal Secretary.

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