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Dental colleges jittery as fewer candidates qualify entrance test

Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 13, 2014
First Published: 10:41 IST(13/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:43 IST(13/6/2014)

With fewer number of candidates qualifying in the All India Pre-Medical Test (CBSE AIPMT-2014) from the state, the dental colleges in the state have a serious crisis on their hands. This year, only those candidates were considered to have qualified the CBSE AIPMT-2014 examination who had scored at least 50% in the examination.

According to the information available with HT, around 12,000 candidates from the state took the CBSE AIPMT-2014 examination and there are around 1,250 candidates who scored 50% in the examination. In such a scenario, a large number of Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) seats are likely to go vacant.

At present, various government and private medical colleges in the state have around 1,000 MBBS seats. So, around 1,250 candidates from the state, who have qualified in the examination, would fill only the MBBS seats. The candidates from the state who have a good rank in the CBSE AIPMT usually prefer prestigious medical colleges outside the state.

On the other hand, various government and private dental colleges in the state have around 1,150 BDS seats. In the present scenario, there will be no candidates left to join the BDS courses in the state. The situation has already alarmed the owners of private dental colleges, which are likely to face the maximum heat.

The Punjab Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges’ Association has even held a meeting on the issue. In the meeting, college managements decided that they would either appeal to the state government to fill seats by making changes in the criterion or conduct another exam for dental colleges. “We are already in a crisis as there are not many takers for BDS seats. Supply is already more than demand. Earlier also, a large number of seats used to go vacant. This year, around 90% seats are likely to remain vacant,” said Dr Vikram Sharma, patron of Punjab Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges’ Association.

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