Worried aspirants picked for MBBS at Adesh University at Bathinda, and their parents, met officials of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) here after learning that Adesh would hold its own ‘provisional’ counselling now, even for the over 100 seats that were filled through the BFUHS centralised. Adesh has 150 MBBS seats.
The issue be gan as the Punjab government had barred Adesh from holding its separate counselling on June 16 after an HT report high - lighted how the private university was charging manifold higher fee than the government-prescribed fees. Later, Adesh got relief from the high court that allowed it to hold provisional counselling on Monday. The HC order, however, doesn’t make it clear whether seats already filled by the BFUHS will remain valid or not.
“The BFUHS has issued joining slips to the admitted aspirants asking them to join the medical college of Adesh University on July 2. But when some of the parents have contacted the Adesh authorities, they said they now have nothing to do with the counselling of BFUHS,” claimed Parveen Bansal, parent of one such student in Faridkot.
“The selected candidates have already deposited the annual fee, Rs. 2.02 lakh for general seats and Rs. 6.6 lakh for management quota, and have no other option available before us if Adesh does not pick the candidates in its counselling,” said Dinesh Sharma from Fazilka, a relative of one such candidate.
“If Adesh goes ahead with its own counselling to fill up all 150 seats, even aspirants from lower ranks might be admitted, while many selected in the BFUHS counselling will run out of options,” said Dr Amarjeet Singh, another candidate’s kin from Ludhiana.
The BFUHS is sticking to the book, and everyone’s looking towards the court for more clarity.
“The admissions have been made as per the directions of the Punjab government in a transparent manner. We have written to the gover nment about it besides informing Adesh University about the filling of seats in the central counselling. But the BFUHS will respect further orders of the court,” said Darshan Singh Sidhu, registrar, BFUHS.