Not paying heed to moves seeking relaxation in the criteria for reserved categories in MBBS admissions in Punjab, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, on Friday announced the schedule of the third counselling and said it would hold admissions strictly as per the criteria prescribed in the admission prospectus.
As per the move, all vacant seats of various categories will be merged into the general pool, where these will be distributed among different categories as per the rules.
According to the third admission counselling schedule, which will start on September 6, the university has called only those Scheduled Castes (SC) candidates who have scored at least 40% marks in the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) in 2014. Similarly, only those NRI candidates have been called who scored 50% marks in the same examination.
The Punjab and Haryana high court had on Monday dismissed the petition seeking relaxation in the eligibility criteria for NRI students.
Earlier, the Punjab government had urged the Centre to relax the MBBS admission criteria for SC candidates so that the 71 vacant seats of the SC quota in the state can be filled.
The government had asked the Centre to lower the admission cut-off from 40% marks to 30% marks in the entrance test for SC students.
Significantly, a Vidhan Sabha committee for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, constituted under MLA justice Nirmal Singh (retd), was also exploring the possibility of relaxing the eligibility criteria for admitting SC/ST candidates.
Sources in the medical education department revealed that the department had conveyed to the committee that it would strictly go by the prospectus and the Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines, which clearly state that in case the seats remain vacant, these will go to the general pool, where these will be filled as per the admission roster. The department has asked the committee to directly approach the MCI.
When contacted, Hussan Lal, secretary, medical education, refused to comment on the issue, saying that any communication between the Vidhan Sabha committee and the department could not be revealed.
Justice Nirmal Singh said the committee had sought a report from BFUHS, adding that the department would take a decision soon.