After the recent order of the Supreme Court asking all states to follow a new time schedule for admission to its MBBS and BDS courses for the session 2014-15, the region’s medical colleges have begun the process to change their schedule accordingly.
As per court orders of May 19, the first round of counselling/admission for MBBS/BDS must be over by June 25 on seats reserved under the state quota, while in the case of seats filled through the all-India entrance examination, the first round of counselling/admission has to be conducted between July 1 and 11.
The last date for joining the allotted colleges and courses would be July 3 (state seats) and July 21 (central seats).
Dr Atul Sachdeva, principal of Chandigarh’s Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, said that in compliance with the Supreme Court’s order, the college has already fixed the dates of its first round of counselling for June 23 and 24. The rest of the schedule would be followed accordingly, he said.
Dr SS Gill, vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, that holds the joint counseling for all MBBS seats in Punjab, said the university would comply with the order of the SC and accordingly fix its dates.
“The admission schedule is expected shortly,” he said. Similar response was given by CS Dhull, director of the PostGraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, who said that SC order could not be ignored.
The order, a copy of which is already uploaded on the website of the Medical Council of India, stated that in case the states do not follow the new schedule, it would tantamount to contempt of court.
As per the order, second round of counselling/admission for state seats should be completed by July 27. For central seats, it has to be carried out between August 1 and 4.
Third round has to be held from September 6 to 10 for state quota and from August 17 to 26 for the rest. Chandigarh-based academician Dr Arvind Goyal said the decision was welcome as it would bring in uniformity and transparency.
The court ruling not only tried to streamline the admission process, but also directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare the result of the All-India PreMedical Test by June 5.