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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , July 31, 2013
The Punjab government's decision not to prepare state-specific merit list has left medical aspirants and their parents confused.The counselling for admission to MBBS and BDS in the state starts on August 2. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, (BFUHS), Faridkot, has decided to go by the merit of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

According to parents of aspirants, despite going by the NEET merit, the university should have prepared a separate state-specific merit list. "There must be a large number of candidates who are not eligible and there must be several from the state who are not interested in getting admission in the state as they have better options owing to their good ranks. So we don't know how many will stay in merit and how many will go out. We don't know where our child stands," said Pathankot-based Vikas Hari Nanda, father of an aspirant.

However, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has put the list of both eligible and non-eligible candidates on its website.

"In Punjab, students have only their NEET ranking. From that it is not clear whether they will get admission or not," said Bathinda-based Vijay Kumar Garg, president, association of parents of medical aspirants.

When contacted, BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr SS Gill said the parents need not worry. "We assure them that each admission will be done on merit," he said.