Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, has postponed counselling for admission to MD/MS courses in government medical colleges, scheduled to begin on Saturday.
Vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said the move came in wake of a court case regarding institutional preference pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court. He said the new dates would be announced later.
The first round of counselling for admission to MD/MS/PG diploma/MDS and six-month training in ultra-sonography courses was to be held from March 28 to 30.
The high court has given the order on a writ petition regarding the provision of institutional preference seats in the Punjab government notification for admission to post graduate medical/dental courses. The court has postponed the counselling till further orders and the next hearing in the case will be held on March 31.
According to a press release, the university conducted the special test for admission to postgraduate medical/dental courses for NRI candidates on Friday and the result was also declared, which has been notified through the university website.
The Punjab government had decided to make reservation in the PG courses for the pass-outs of the BFUHS from this session. “The government had decided to fill up seats in the postgraduate courses on the basis of reservation for the pass-outs from BFUHS. This affected the pass-outs from the other three government colleges of the state. The local reservation roughly affected 20% seats. The seats are filled in the ratio 60:40, as 60% seats are filled from the PCMS cadre and 40% from the fresh candidates. The local reservation affected 50% of the total seats for fresh candidates. It was discrimination within the state,” claimed a source.