Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday directed the medical education and research department to immediately ensure filling of vacant MBBS and BDS seats under the NRI quota in a transparent manner in all medical and dental colleges in the state on the basis of the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) merit.
Badal took cognisance of two Hindustan Times reports ('Pvt medical colleges to sell seats? Punjab govt paves way', September 11, and 'MBBS seats in Punjab: Quite a steal at Rs 50 lakh each', September 12), which had highlighted how the state government had virtually made it easy for private colleges to sell MBBS and BDS seats by asking them to conduct their own counselling and how MBBS seats were already being auctioned in the state.
A press release issued by the chief minister's office said currently there were 63 seats of MBBS and 175 seats of BDS lying vacant under the NRI (non-resident Indian) quota in Punjab's medical and dental colleges. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, would conduct counselling for NRI quota seats (MBBS) on September 14 and for BDS on September 15. A spokesperson for the CM's office said only 14 applications under the NRI quota had been received till date.
The spokesperson stated that in the view of the CM's orders, all seats under the NRI quota, left vacant after September 15, must be filled according to the PMET merit list as per guidelines issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI).