The Punjab government has put a rider on the Punjab and Haryana high court judgment that asked the state government to allow students pursuing Classes 11 and 12 from Chandigarh to be eligible for its state quota in the MBBS/BDS courses.
The court, on August 27 last year, had ruled that the eligibility conditions/parameters required for admission under the state quota of Punjab medical colleges would be met if a candidate had passed Class 12 from a school in Chandigarh on the ground that Chandigarh was the capital of Punjab.
In the March 7 notification, however, the state gover nment has said that only those candidates who have passed their Classes 10 and 12 from Chandigarh will be eligible for Punjab medical/dental colleges provided the UT administration permits students of Punjab for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in its own medical/ dental colleges.
Vini Mahajan, secretary, medical education and research, Punjab, said the clause was added to give a level-playing field to the Punjab students. If Chandigarh students claim that they should be given benefit of the Punjab medical quota just because Chandigarh is the capital of Punjab, the students of Punjab also deserve to be made eligible for the Chandigarh medical college on a reciprocal basis.
She said a proposal regarding this had been sent to the UT administration for their perusal.
UT home secretary Anil Kumar said he had not yet received any communication but it was not a simple issue. “We will have to examine the reciprocal system from all aspects. If we allow Punjab students to be eligible for the Chandigarh medical college, then there would be a similar demand from Haryana. The issue needs a thorough deliberation before reaching a decision,” he added.