A total of 102 students, who were allotted MBBS seats at Adesh University, Bathinda, by the Baba Farid University of Health and Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, were not allowed to enter the Adesh campus, even as the private university conducted its own counselling on Wednesday.
Parents alleged that their wards, despite securing a higher rank in the medical entrance test, were being ignored by Adesh University, even though students with a lower rank were being admitted to the MBBS course, only for the sake of money.
A parent, Paramjit Singh, said, “It seems that money is more important than qualification. How can students with a lower rank be allowed to get admission in the MBBS course in a state like Punjab, where the number of seats in medical colleges is far less than the aspirants?”
Adesh University has 150 MBBS seats. The Punjab government had barred it from holding separate counselling on June 16 after an HT report (June 11) highlighted how the private university was charging much higher fee than that prescribed by the state government.
On Monday, Adesh got relief from the high court, which allowed it to hold provisional counselling. Meanwhile, BFUHS had already filled seats of Adesh University by holding counselling on its campus on June 21 and 22. The HC order was silent on the BFUHS counselling.
“BFUHS gave us offer letters and told students to join classes at Adesh on July 2. We also deposited the annual fee – Rs 2.02 lakh each for general seats and Rs 6.6 lakh each in the management quota. Now, Adesh University says it will hold its own counselling in which our wards would not even be allowed to take part,” said Naresh Gupta, a parent.
Another parent, Jatinder Honda, said, “Adesh University allowed entry only to those students who had bought the university prospectus. This is not the rule of law.”
Parents first staged a protest outside Adesh University and then left for the BFUHS campus in Faridkot, around 80 km from here.
The authorities of Adesh University and BFUHS could not be contacted for their comment.