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Punjab: MBBS entrance test now mandatory for NRIs too

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has directed all states to admit non-resident Indian (NRI) candidates in MBBS only on the basis of the entrance examination, instead of just Class-12 marks. All states in northern India except Punjab — including J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Chandigarh — at present admit NRIs on the basis of Class-12 performance.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 29, 2015 11:55 IST
Vishav Bharti
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The Medical Council of India (MCI) has directed all states to admit non-resident Indian (NRI) candidates in MBBS only on the basis of the entrance examination, instead of just Class-12 marks. All states in northern India except Punjab — including J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Chandigarh — at present admit NRIs on the basis of Class-12 performance.

“From the Academic Year 2015-16 onwards, all admissions in NRI category shall be on merit which shall be determined through the Common Entrance Test,” states a decision taken in a January 16 executive committee meeting of the MCI. It refers to a Supreme Court order, and expressly states that merit cannot be compromised. Since NRI aspirants can be from different countries and come through varying qualifying examinations, it is essential to have a uniform evaluation of their academic ability, it notes further.

Resident Indian aspirants and their parents were demanding for long that NRIs seeking admission in MBBS (bachelor of medicine and surgery) course must go through the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) or state entrance exams and obtain marks above the specified cut-off of 50%.

Welcoming the move, Dr Arvind Goyal, a Chandigarh-based academician and PMT trainer, who had sent representations on the matter to various bodies, including the MCI, said, “This move will ensure intake of only meritorious students into medical colleges. MBBS concerns human lives, and only students with a certain level of knowledge and aptitude should be allowed to pursue this degree.”

“Now, the MCI should ensure that states conduct the same entrance test for resident Indians as well as NRI students. No state should be allowed to pull down the cut-off for NRIs,” he added.

NRI seats can be up to 15% of the total seats. Punjab has around 100 MBBS seats reserved for NRIs, Haryana has around 65, and there are six seats each in Chandigarh and Himachal. If NRI seats remain vacant, these go to the general pool for different categories as per rules. In Punjab, only NRI three candidates could qualify the AIPMT for the 100-odd seats.