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Post micro-reservation, open category takes another cut


Post micro-reservation, open category takes another cut

Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 29

With the introduction of micro-reservation in the management quota MBBS seats in the state, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences — state nodal agency for admissions to MBBS and BDS seats — today rearranged the seat matrix, resulting in loss of 19 seats to the open category candidates.

Of the 1,135 MBBS state quota seats in eight medical colleges, only 379 seats are now available for the open category students against 398 in the past. It is followed by 235 seats for the SC and 94 for the BC candidates. The rest of the seats are reserved for kin of terrorist-affected and riots-affected persons, backward and border area students (1 per cent each), wards of defence personnel (1 per cent), Punjab Police personnel (1 per cent) and kin of freedom fighters (1 per cent).

Dayanand Medical College in Ludhiana offers 50 management quota MBBS seats, of which only five are now available for the open category against 13 in the past. At the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, of the 75 seats, 19 are now for the open category students against 23 in the past.

The Department of Medical Education and Research claimed that the reservation was provided as per the Supreme Court orders.

Sham Lal Sharma, state organiser of General Category Welfare Federation, said: “Limiting meritorious open category students to just 33 per cent is grave injustice to them. Ignoring meritorious students in the medical field is not good for society.”

He said: “There should be no reservation in the postgraduate medical courses as only highly competent doctors should handle precious lives in specialty and super-specialty fields. But the new matrix of reservation in MBBS and BDS courses in the state will further prove detrimental to the quality of health services here.”

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