In a relief for medical education aspirants across Punjab and Chandigarh, the state government has taken back its decision mandating Class 10 from a school in Punjab was a must for an aspirant to be eligible for 85% of the seats in the state quota for the 2014-15 session.
The decision had invited a lot of flak from students and parents as thousands had been left out of the quota loop and the matter is listed for hearing in the Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday.
The state government has uploaded a corrigendum on the website of the Punjab medical department (punjabmedicaleducation.org). It clarifies that in case a student is the bonafide resident of Punjab, he may avail the benefit of the state quota by giving a certificate that he or she is not availing the benefit of quota in any other state.
Punjab Research & Medical Education Director (DRME) Dr Tejbir Singh said: "Under the personnel department's guidelines, students who have passed Classes 11 and 12 from Punjab schools just preceding the qualifying medical entrance examination have the bonafide status and are eligible for admission under Punjab medical quota."
He added that the decision to roll back the Class 10 condition was taken after several representations by parents against its notification.
Sources said that Friday's decision was now likely to be the guiding principle for some time.
What was the controversy?
On March 7, Punjab medical education department had made it mandatory for students to have passed Class 10 from a school in Punjab as well as Classes 11 and 12 to be eligible for state quota in medical education institutes.
Students and parents elated
A medical aspirant Maitri, who had passed Class 10 from a Chandigarh school and was pursuing Class 12 from a SAS Nagar school, said: "I am so happy. I cannot concentrate as I am now eligible for the state quota."
Chandigarh-based academician Dr Arvind Goyal said that the Punjab government had taken the right step and most students were depressed after the previous notification.