Fleecing nursing candidates: Punjab colleges warned against booking seats before allotment
Only the varsity is authorised to allot seats on the basis of the merit of the candidate during counselling and colleges themselves cannot do the sameeducation Updated: Aug 12, 2017 19:37 IST
Faridkot Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, on Saturday, warned colleges against fleecing nursing candidates by booking seats even before the varsity allots it colleges.
Pertinently, only the varsity is authorised to allot seats on the basis of the merit of the candidate during counselling and colleges themselves cannot do the same.
Agents working for the colleges contact students and influence them to apply or book a seat with the colleges they work for. They offer help to students to fill preferences of colleges online and they deliberately fill only one preference — the name of the desired college.
They charge commission from private colleges, said an officer with the varsity.
The issue came to light after a few parents of BSc nursing candidates approached the university to confirm if colleges can book seats even before the varsity allots colleges.
After getting to know of the presence of agents of the colleges misguiding people and charging commission, the university immediately released a notice at its official website, the official said.
BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said, “It has been learnt by the University that certain colleges are fleecing the candidates by giving only one option at the time of filling the college of their choice / preference at the time of submitting the online application for the candidates, by themselves. This is contrary to the purpose of submitting choice/preference online where a candidate can opt for more than one college of his/her choice after qualifying the Punjab Para Medical Entrance Test (PPMET-2017) that the BFUHS has conducted.”
“Colleges are booking seats for the candidates much before the BFUHS allots any. Candidates should be clear that the colleges allotted to them will be the one that BFUHS will allot on the mandated day as mentioned in the counselling schedule. Any promise/claim that the seat alloted will be the same as the one promised/booked by respective colleges before the couselling holds no meaning,” the V-C added.
After 1st counselling on Aug 18, the process goes on paper.
To curb the practice, the varsity has decided to conduct physical counselling of the students instead of online counselling. An official said, “In the first round of counselling, nursing students were asked to fill their online preferences and colleges will be allotted to them on August 18. Since there is suspicion of this unfair practice, we have decided to conduct physical counselling in the second round.”
The varsity has also released the list of candidates found ineligible in the first round of online counselling.
Authorities said they will be eligible in the subsequent physical counselling. If seats remain vacant, candidates belonging to other states will also be considered on the basis of a qualifying exam.