A long wait ended for the 150 first-batch students of Pathankot’s Chintpurni Medical College on Thursday when the department of medical education and research issued orders for their re-shifting to government colleges on the basis of court-monitored merit list.
On May 6, the Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the department to hold exclusive counselling for these students after a few of them had challenged the earlier criteria as abrupt and favouring students lower in the order of merit. The department then prepared a fresh merit list on the basis of the old entrance test marks and, on May 12, took it to the high court, which approved it on Tuesday.
“Following this, the department approved the re-shifting process on Thursday and directed the colleges concerned to complete it at the earliest,” said medical education secretary Hussan Lal. The new merit list gives 30 Pathankot students each to Patiala and Amritsar; 19 each to Bathinda (Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences) and Amritsar (Guru Ravidas Institute of Medical Sciences); 16 to Banur (Gian Sagar College), 15 to Faridkot, and 11 and 10, respectively, to Ludhiana’s Christian Medical College and Dayanand Medical College.
“Students can now focus on their studies after two painful years of legal battle,” said the parent of a medical student from Ludhiana.
Focus moves to second batch
After shifting of the first-batch MBBS students, all eyes are on the second batch of 101 that had moved court last month, seeking transfer to other recognised medical colleges in Punjab. The matter is listed for June 7 for the response of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the state government. Like their seniors, these petitioner, too, fear for the validity of their degrees after the college’s continuous failure to get recognition from the MCI.