Ludhiana’s Christian Medical College (CMC) has dropped the idea of holding its own aptitude test go with to go with the national entrance examination.
On July 27, it had told both general-category and Christian minority candidates about the upcoming test to decide “joint merit”. After HT reported it on August 2, candidates alleged violation of the Supreme Court orders as well as the Centre’s directions that made National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) the only way to get medical seats.
Making a U-turn On Thursday, the college uploaded a fresh notice on its website that the admission to its MBBS (bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery) and BDS (bachelor of dental surgery) courses will be based on the NEET score alone. Of the college’s 75 MBBS seats, 50% are reserved for Christians, and it follows a similar quota system to fills the 40 BDS seats.
The NEET result is due on August 17, and the college has told all candidates to submit it by August 22. It will declare the counselling schedule shortly. For the minority-quota students, the test of Bible will be held on August 28, as is old practice. The qualifying score is 40%.
Pre-medical test trainer Arvind Goyal welcomed the college decision. He has asked the Union Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to debar all private colleges that hold additional test. CMC principal Dr Bobby John said he could not comment on the admission issue, since the registrar’s office looked after the process. Register Dr George Koshy did not pick up his mobile phone.
Minority-quota candidates still required to take test of Bible for medical seats on August 28