None among the top 3,200 MBBS rank holders in the first round of counselling of seeking admission have opted for Rohtak-based Pt BD Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) as their first, second or even third choice.
According to the data revealed by the director general of health services, union ministry of health and family welfare, none among top 100 students have chosen any Haryana medical college barring rank number 73, who has opted for Government Medical College, Chandigarh, as the first choice.
Notably, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had conducted the pre-medical test this time under the National Eligibility Entrance Test and the qualified rankers were asked to choose the medical college they would want to study at.
While majority of the students throughout the country rated Rohtak's PGIMS low on their priority list, rank holder 322 chose GSVM, Khanpur Kalan medical college, Sonepat, as her firth choice.
However, Chandigarh's Government Medical College and Hospital attracted more students as compared to the Haryana colleges. While rank holder 73 opted it as his first choice, number 84, 92 and 114 rated it fourth on their priority list and number 116 preferred it as his second choice.
The New Delhi-based Maulana Azad Medical College remained the top choice of 18 All-India top rank holders.
A senior professor of PGIMS, Rohtak, said: “Generally, medical colleges offering MD/MS degrees remain high on the priority list of top rankers but owing to the location, certain medical colleges of metro cities are preferred over state colleges.”