Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, on Tuesday postponed the counselling for admission to postgraduate courses for candidates of in-service quota. The university didn't specify the reason for the move.
The counselling was scheduled for 11.30am on Wednesday.
A notice on the university's website read, "The counselling for admission to postgraduate courses under the 60% quota seats, scheduled to be held on June 19 at 11.30 am, is hereby postponed till further orders. The rest of the schedule remains the same."
However, doctors from the rural development department alleged that counselling had been postponed at the eleventh hour to deny the PG quota to them.
University vice-chancellor Dr SS Gill confirmed the development saying it had been postponed on the direction of the department of medical education and research. "It was not possible to procure the service record of doctors belonging to the rural development department as to which category of rural area they belonged. So the counselling has been postponed," he said.
"The government has postponed the counselling without citing any reason. Certain health department officials are against the rural medical doctors. It's not acceptable," said Dr Aslam Parvez, president, Rural Medical Services Association.
He said the association would call a meeting to discuss the issue.
Vini Mahajan, principal secretary, medical education and research, was not available for comment.
The double bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday had directed the Punjab health department to consider rural doctors for the in-service postgraduate admission quota.