PMET row continues as most seats grabbed, many still lie vacant

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2015 14:45 IST

Most seats in Punjab's medical and dental colleges were grabbed on the second and penultimate day of counselling on Thursday with full fee paid before the Punjab and Haryana high court put the admissions on hold.

The fate of a large number of candidates still hangs in the balance.

The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, on Thursday continued with the admissions, as they had not received the order copy from the court by even 8pm, as the senior officials of the university have claimed.

More than 60% seats are taken, with the fee deposited in the respective colleges.

At Government Medical College, Patiala, nearly 120 candidates have already reported against 200 MBBS seats. Even at Government Medical College, Amritsar, 60% admission is done.

In dental colleges, this number is even higher. The Supreme Court guidelines require medical admissions across the country to be over by September 30. They can be no admission after that. Owing to litigation in the high court, the university at Faridkot still has to complete counselling.

Late start means delayed exams

The university had planned to start the academic session by July 1 but the court case delayed the start and now the fresh stay it is likely to push it to the end of this month or early October.

Medical education experts say the delay will affect the studies of the students and "delay the annual examinations also".

The first session examination is in July normally, now it is expected to start by September," said a principal of one of the government medical colleges.

What next?

The Punjab and Haryana high court stayed the admissions but has allowed the university to hold counselling for the seats. But the candidates won't be allowed to deposit admission fee.

It means the counseling will take place as usual even on Friday, the final day, but fee will not be deposited. The next hearing is on September 17 but the university can move an application for an early hearing.

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