The Supreme Court interim order that allowed admission to some medical colleges on Friday will bring 150 more MBBS seats to the state, raising the hopes of the students who cleared the AIPMT (All-Indian Pre-Medical Test) but couldn’t afford to pay the high management-quota fee.
Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, where the Medical Council of India had earlier barred admission, now is open for intake. Of its 150 MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) seats, 75 seats are in the government quota, for which the annual tuition fee is Rs 2.2 lakh. “We have permission to admit 150 MBBS students for the academic year 2014-15, and the process has to conclude before September 30,” said college chief operating officer (COO) Gagan Pathania, adding: “Every admission will be on merit (in the AIPMT).”
After three rounds of centralised counseling at the Baba Farid University of health Sciences, Faridkot, 41 MBBS seats in the state were still vacant on September 10. These belonged to the management quota of Adesh University mainly, and were not taken even though more than 300 eligible candidates were available.
The candidates who let the seats go said they couldn’t afford an education so expensive. The applicants under the management quota have to pay Rs 6.6-lakh annual fee, which increase 10% every year, and by the fifth year is Rs 9.66 lakh.
The addition of 150 will take the number of MBBS seats in the state to 1,220. On Friday, the Supreme Court had allowed intake at the MCI-derecognised medical colleges countrywide on the assurance that they would remove the shortcomings. A bench headed by justice AR Dave had directed the heads of these colleges to submit an undertaking that there was no defect in their institutions.