With almost half the seats for bachelor of dental sciences (BDS) course lying vacant at Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, for the academic session 2014-15, the institute now plans to conduct another test for admission to its five-year BDS course.
The institute admits students on the basis of their performance in the All-India PreMedical Test conducted
by the Central Board of School Education.
However, in the counselling held earlier this month at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, only 51 candidates opted for the college against the annual intake capacity of 100 students.
The institute has now written to Dental Council of India (DCI) to allow it to hold an entrance test itself.
Talking to HT, college director Ashish Jain said, “I have written a letter to the DCI on Monday, asking it to allow us to conduct an entrance test on our own so that remaining seats could be filled up.”
Officials said the institute received 800 applications for admission to the college last year. But with the Central Board of School Education fixing a minimum cut off of 50% for admission to various courses this year, the colleges all across the country could barely fill up the MBBS and BDS seats.
“Over 1,000 seats are vacant in the region only as very few candidates could secure 50% marks,” said Jain, adding that the Central Board of School Education should have lowered the minimum cut-off for admission to BDS courses.
Once it gets permission from the DCI, the college plans to conduct the test in the second or third week of August.
The college has already started the process for it and officials say by the time the DCI gives permission, they will be ready with the entrance examination process.
As per the Supreme Court order, the new academic session is to start by September 30 and colleges will have to complete the admission process by then.
The officials also said if changes were not effected in the admission criterion for BDS courses by the Central Board of School Education, the college would have to think again whether to admit students on the basis of their All-India Pre-Medical Test score or not.
Jain reiterated that they would decide about it later as currently their priority was to conduct admission for the current academic session.