As Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) had to postpone the ongoing second extended counselling for admission to the MBBS course to fill up the NRI seats in seven colleges of the state on Tuesday evening, the angry candidates and their parents created a ruckus at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, where the counselling was in progress, and even tried to break the windowpanes of the college building.
BFUHS was holding a second extended round of counselling to fill up around 102 seats under the NRI quota, after it was allegedly allowed by the Punjab and Haryana high court to fill up the vacant NRI seats by converting it into general category.
Though the counselling had begun, it has been learnt that the university authorities allegedly stopped it in the evening after getting verbal orders from the office of the director medical research and education (DMRE).
Thereafter, around 200 candidates, who had come to Faridkot to get admission to the NRI seats in MBBS course, objected to it and started shouting slogans against the university officials and the government, alleging that the government was favouring private colleges by postponing the counselling.
Irritated over the move, the candidates and their parents also resorted to blocking of the Faridkot-Sadiq road in the evening. Heavy police force had to be rushed to the spot to take control of the situation.
Following the orders: VC
Meanwhile, the university officials defended their move and justified their decision of postponing the counselling.
“At around 10:30 am, we were allowed by the court to fill up the vacant seats in NRI category and we proceeded as per the ruling. But later on, at around 2:30 pm, we got the instruction from the government that someone had filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the high court against the earlier decision and the university should postpone the counselling for a day. We can’t go against the order of the government regarding the SLP. There was absolutely no problem and counselling has been postponed only for a day to hear the order of the special leave petition on September 30,” said Dr Raj Bahadur, vice chancellor, BFUHS, Faridkot.
However, the candidates claimed that no such petition has been filed.