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Fresh govt guidelines on MBBS admissions

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , September 14, 2012
First Published: 12:58 IST(14/9/2012) | Last Updated: 12:59 IST(14/9/2012)

Following reports carried by Hindustan Times on the "auction" of MBBS seats, the Punjab government, on Thursday, defined the rules of business to fill the unfilled NRI seats in private medical colleges in the state and issued detailed guidelines in this regard.

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The department of medical education and research issued a fresh notification on Thursday, defining the terms and conditions for filling vacant NRI seats by private medical colleges.

According to a press release, issued on the directions of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the notification stipulated that the admissions would be strictly made on the basis of merit obtained in the PMET-2012 examination conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, and the eligibility percentage for these admissions would be as per the guidelines of the Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India.

The institutions concerned would give wide publicity to these unfilled seats and ensure the availability of application forms to the candidates in their institutions as well as BFUHS at a fee equal to that charged by the university.

As per the new guidelines, the candidates would be free to deposit application forms either with the institutions or with BFUHS. The applications received at the institutions and the university would be considered together for selection and admission in a particular institution.

The guidelines also said that the institution would conduct the counselling on the fixed date in consultation with BFUHS. The counselling/selection committee would include the nominee of the university and the government.

Meanwhile, BFUHS has also been asked to give wide publicity to this notification in leading newspapers in the state, highlighting the procedure. In case of any difficulty, the candidate could approach the office of directorate of medical education and research (on telephone numbers 0172-2690817, 2690854 and fax number 0172-2690151).

Significantly, the Punjab government had paved the way for private medical colleges in the state to "auction" MBBS seats on Monday by issuing a special notification that allowed the colleges to conduct their own counseling.

Taking cognizance of the two Hindustan Times reports on the issue, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had asked the department of medical education and research to fill the MBBS and BDS seats in private medical colleges on the basis of the Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) merit list with transparency and as per the Medical Council of India guidelines.

Guidelines

Admissions would be strictly based on merit of the PMET-2012 conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Eligibility percentage for admissions would be as per the guidelines of the Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India.

The institutions concerned would give wide publicity to the unfilled seats.

The institutions would ensure availability of application forms to candidates in their institutions as well as BFUHS at a fee equal to that charged by the university.

The institutions would conduct counselling on the fixed date in consultation with BFUHS. The counselling/selection committee would include the nominee of the university and the government.

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