The delay in decision on 480 MBBS seats in Punjab left aspirants and their parents anxious on the first day of counselling for admission at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, on Saturday. The decision on these seats is pending with the Medical Council of India.
The Association of Parents of Medical Aspirants has demanded that the state government must try to ensure that the remaining 480 seats did not go waste. “With every seat, the state will lose an opportunity to produce a doctor. The price of such lost opportunity will be paid by the people of Punjab, who face shortage of doctors,” said Moga-based Dr Inderveer Singh of the Association of Parents of Medical Aspirants.
On Saturday, the BFUHS could conduct counselling for only around 770 seats. In the general category, all seats in top four medical colleges -government medical colleges in Amritsar, Patiala, Faridkot and DMC Ludhiana -- were filled. However, around 80 general category vacant seats in government quota at Adesh University Bathinda, Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, and Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, were left for the second day of counselling. Similarly, around 140 seats for the reserved category will be allotted on second day of the counselling. The management quota and NRI/ foreign national seats are also yet to be filled.
On the other hand, there are around 480 seats in different medical colleges, for which the Medical Council of India is yet to take a decision. The MCI inspection report of two medical colleges -- Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, and Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar -- is pending with the MCI. Both these colleges have around 300 MBBS seats.
Similarly, the decision on applications of three medical colleges to increase the MBBS seats is still pending with the MCI. These seats are around 180. Government Medical College, Patiala, Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, had applied for adding 50 seats each in their existing quota of 150, 100 and 50 each. Similarly, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana has also applied for increasing its seats from 70 to 100.
An official of the department of medical education said the decision on these seats was likely to come in the coming week.