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Council raps Punjab for relaxing MBBS admission norms for NRIs

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has rebuked the Punjab government for allowing NRI (non-resident Indian) candidates admission to the MBBS course on the basis of Class-12 marks in case seats remain vacant.

chandigarh Updated: May 15, 2015 09:30 IST
Vishav Bharti

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has rebuked the Punjab government for allowing NRI (non-resident Indian) candidates admission to the MBBS course on the basis of Class-12 marks in case seats remain vacant.

It has asked the government to remove the condition or the later medical degrees of these students admitted without the qualifying examination wouldn't be recognised. On March 30, the state medical education and research department had issued the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, a notification saying: "Admit NRIs only on the basis of their scores in the PMT (pre-medical entrance test), but if these seats remain vacant, give them admission on the basis of the Class-12 marks."

Reacting to that notification, MCI secretary Dr Reena Nayyar has on May 6 sent a communication to the Punjab director of medical education and research, conveying to the government that the decision is contrary to the Graduate Medical Education Regulations of 1997. The council has written that the selection of students will be only on merit determined by the scores in a competitive examination in the interest of uniform evaluation, since different examination agencies have different qualifying standards.

The MCI said that as the Punjab government decision was contrary to the council's mandate, any admission as a consequence of it couldn't be a recognised qualification under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. "No state council state will recognise these candidates," it added, asking the government to drop the condition from the notification.

PMT trainer Dr Arvind Goyal, who had moved the MCI against the decision, welcomed the intervention. "Punjab's policy would have allowed non-meritorious students into medical colleges and, later, ruined their careers, as the degrees would not have been recognised," he said.

In spite of repeated attempts, state director of medical education and research Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi was unavailable for comments. On April 10, HT had highlighted how the state government decision was against the MCI regulations.

For years, the rule was that the vacant NRI seats went to the general pool for distribution on the basis of admission roaster. Last session in Punjab, only three NRI candidates could clear the All-India PMT against 100 reserved seats, and this year the government, apprehending the same scenario, revised its own rule to admit more students under the category, since they pay more.

The NRI quota can be up to 15% of the total seats in the state.