After Punjab has decided to give its MBBS/BDS seats only to own residents, the parents of medical aspirants from Chandigarh are prepared to move court.
Earlier in a representation to Punjab medical education secretary Husan Lal, the parents said their children had finished Class 11 and 12 from recognised schools in the state but the recent amendments had made them ineligible for seats in Punjab. They sought clarification from the government on point 15 on page 3 of the notification, which suggests that such as student is a bona-fide resident of Punjab and eligible for the state quota seats. "Why was this additional clause of 'must belong to Punjab' brought in? What does 'belong to Punjab' mean exactly?" are the questions asked in the representation.
In 2013, these children took admission to Class 11 in Punjab schools to fulfil the eligibility criteria applicable then for the 85% state-quota MBBS (bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery) and BDS (bachelor of dental science) seats. "Any change in the eligibility criteria at this 11th hour will have adverse retrospective effect and ruin the career of our children," said a parent.