With two institutes conducting entrance exams on the same date, a number of students are expected to be left in the lurch. Panjab University is conducting the entrance exam to BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) on August 17, 9 am onwards; the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is conducting the entrance exam to BSc (paramedical sciences) from 10 am onwards.
The PGIMER had announced its examination schedule in February this year and the BSc (paramedical sciences) was scheduled on August 17. The course is used to get admissions to multiple courses including laboratory, radio diagnosis and imaging, radiotherapy, operation theatre, perfusion, audiology & speech language, pathology and physiotherapy at the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences being run by the PGIMER. There are 75 seats.
The problem has arisen as Panjab University decided to conduct the second examination for admission to the BDS course on similar timings on the same day.
When contacted, Dr K Gaba, registrar, PGIMER, was not available for the comment. Controller of examinations (CoE) Parvinder Singh denied having any knowledge about the PGI examination. “The date was fixed keeping in mind other medical examinations being conducted in Punjab around the same time,” Singh said.