The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed the Punjab government to fill vacant NRI category seats of MBBS and BDS courses in state colleges by calling candidates from the general category who have got minimum 50% marks in the Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET)-2015.
More than 80 MBBS seats in the NRI quota are lying vacant in private and government medical colleges of Punjab.
The court quashed the public notice issued by the government in August, whereby the state had allowed to fill seats by colleges in the category on the basis of the marks obtained in Class 12. The court held that once there was a state legislation in place which provided that NRI seats were to be filled on the basis of the PMET merit, it could not allow students now on the basis of their performance in the Class-12 examination.
The order came on a petition wherein the public notice allowing candidates to take admission on the basis of Class 12 was challenged.
It was also prayed for to fill vacant seats of MBBS/BDS in the NRI category on the basis of the PMET taken by the candidates of the general category.
There are around 100 MBBS seats in the NRI quota in private and government medical colleges of Punjab. Only 64 eligible NRI candidates had applied, of which 17 had qualified. The state had proposed to fill balance seats on the basis of candidate’s marks in Class 12 or equivalent examination or to those NRI candidates who belong to Punjab or other states, on the strength of their Class-12 marks.