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Navrajdeep Singh , Hindustan Times
Patiala, July 27, 2013
The state government plans to conduct a special medical entrance test for NRI candidates desirous of taking admission in bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) or bachelor in dental surgery (BDS) courses. The government has come up with a special offer for NRI candidates to fill up the stipulated NRI seats in both private and government medical colleges.

Principal secretary, medical education and research, Vini Mahajan, said Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) vice-chancellor had been told to make arrangements to conduct the test for the coming academic session.

"After admitting NEET-qualified NRI students, the vacant seats will be filled separately through a special entrance test in all medical colleges. BFUHS authorities have been directed to invite applications from aspirants," Mahajan said, who was at Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital for inauguration of ward number 1.

There are around 2,500 MBBS and BDS seats across the state and each college has 15% seats reserved for NRI candidates. In the past, the vacant NRI seats were being filled by converting them as general category seats or through management quota.

Hefty fee structure for NRI students has been a lucrative source of income for the colleges. "The special test will help fill all NRI seats in the colleges," Mahajan said.