Even as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has already said that there should be an entrance examination for admission of non-resident Indian (NRI) candidates to MBBS courses across the country, the Punjab medical education department has asked Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, to admit NRI students on the basis of Class-12 marks in case seats remain vacant in medical colleges across the state.
In a communication sent on March 12 to BFUHS, the director, medical education, said the admission of NRI candidates should be done on the basis of PMT (pre-medical test) 2015. “If the NRI seats remain vacant, then the candidates should be given admission on the basis of Class-12 marks,” the communication added.
It further said that since NRI candidates come from different countries, where the standards of education vary, the university should prepare a uniform criterion for their admissions.
In January, the MCI had directed all states to admit NRI candidates to MBBS courses on the basis of a common entrance examination instead of Class-12 marks. Some states of north India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh, had been admitting NRI candidates on the basis of Class-12 marks.
As per the decision taken at the MCI’s executive committee meeting, held on January 16, “from the academic year 2015-16, all admissions in the NRI category shall be on merit, which shall be determined through the common entrance test.”
If the NRI seats remain vacant, these will go to the general pool from where it will distributed among different categories as per the roster. In Punjab, only three NRI candidates could qualify AIPMT last year against around 100 MBBS seats.
Punjab had already been following this practice for the past several years. The NRI seats can be up to 15% of the total seats in the state. In Punjab, there are around 100 MBBS seats reserved for NRIs; in Haryana, there are around 65, and six each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.
State of affairs
* In January, the Medical Council of India had directed all states to admit NRI candidates to MBBS courses on the basis of a common entrance examination instead of Class-12 marks
* In Punjab, only three NRI candidates could qualify AIPMT last year against around 100 MBBS seats
* Some states of north India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, had been admitting NRI candidates on the basis of Class-12 marks