GMCH-32 to mandate clearing entrance for NRI candidates

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 14, 2014 12:37 IST

Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is planning to make it mandatory for non-resident Indian (NRI) candidates who want to get admission to the MBBS course in the college to qualify the entrance examination.

So far, the college was admitting NRI candidates on the basis of their Class 12 marks. In the last session, the college had six seats reserved for NRI candidates. However, for the next session, the NRI seats are yet to be decided.

As per the admission notice issued by college principal Dr Atul Sachdev on Monday, the college is considering to admit only those students who will qualify the entrance examination.

If the final decision is taken, even NRI candidates will have to score at least 50% in All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) to secure admission at the GMCH.

“The method of admission under the NRI quota will be through a competitive examination,” the notice said.

If the NRI seats remain vacant, they will go to the general pool from where seats will be distributed among different categories as per the roster.

This time, the college, has made it clear that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has so far sanctioned only 50 MBBS seats. The MCI is yet to grant permission to add 50 more seats in the existing seats.

If this is allowed, the number of seats will go up to 100. Students and medical teachers have already welcomed the move.

It was the long-pending demand that since the school education system is not uniformed among different countries, only entrance examination should be the eligible criteria. The AIPMET is conducted by the Central Board of School Education.

The neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana have already made it mandatory for each candidate, including NRIs, to qualify the entrance examination.

In Punjab, only three candidates could qualify the entrance examination, which left 94 seats vacant. Those seats were later merged in the general pool from where they were allocated to different categories.

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