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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

11 private colleges reduce Punjab pre-medical test to a farce

Pawan Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, February 22, 2013
First Published: 19:54 IST(22/2/2013) | Last Updated: 09:45 IST(23/2/2013)

Eleven private dental colleges of Punjab have admitted 456 students to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course even though they had “not qualified” the 2012 Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET), according to a “most urgent” communication of the Dental Council of India (DCI).

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Besides, in gross violation of rules, at least four of the 11 colleges (see box) also admitted 11 candidates to the BDS course even though they didn’t even appear in the PMET.

Now, the DCI has set a seven-day deadline for the Punjab government for taking action against the “erring dental colleges” which are affiliated with the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot.

The steps which the DCI has recommended are “discharge of students admitted by erring dental colleges”, “withdrawal of affiliation” or any other necessary action as provided in the Act and Rules and Regulations made by the state government and the BFUHS.

The DCI has sought a report from the state government “within a week.” “If no action has been so taken, the same may kindly be taken immediately… This may kindly be treated as Most Urgent,” reads the DCI letter to the state government.

On Friday, principal secretary (medical education and research) Vini Mahajan discussed the contentious issue with BFUHS vice-chancellor SS Gill here. “I am looking into the issue,” Mahajan said when contacted.

Sources in the DCI say that on February 1, DCI secretary Col SK Ojha (retd) shot off the letter to Punjab’s secretary of medical education and research and the BFUHS registrar, setting the deadline for taking action against the colleges.

Marked as “Most Immediate”, the DCI communiqué refers to the Punjab government’s letter dated December 10, 2012) and the BFUHS letter dated December 5, 2012 about admission of “non-qualified and non-appeared PMET-2012 students in the BDS course by the private dental colleges in Punjab.”

The state government had intimated the DCI that 11 private dental colleges had admitted students to the BDS course in gross violation of the rules, regulations and guidelines. The government had also indicated to the DCI that the admissions were made by these colleges “at their own level” and that these admissions “have not been regularised” by the BFUHS.

In this connection, the DCI’s executive committee held a meeting on January 17 to take a final decision. After “discussion and deliberation”, the state government and the BFUHS was told “to intimate the DCI immediately” about the action taken against the colleges who “admitted BDS students during the 2012-13 academic session in gross violation of rules”.

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