Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana, postponed its second counselling for the MBBS/BDS seats on Monday, a day after uploading the admission notice on its website.
On Monday, HT highlighted how the college had gone ahead with admissions even as the director of medical education and research (DRME) had issued a notice on Saturday to the CMC and two other private institutes to stop counselling. On Thursday, the Supreme Court had upheld central counselling and prohibited independent counselling by any medical college or university.
CMC public relation officer Paramveer Singh said that as directed by the state government, the college had not held counselling on Monday. “We will release a new schedule after fresh guidelines,” he said.
Parents and students fight uncertainty, since there is no official word, so far, on the validity of admissions in three private institutes — Adesh University, Shri Guru Ram Das University and the CMC — and whether fresh counselling will be held there under a centralised process. The deadline for medical admissions in the country is September 30.
The state government had to decide fast about the intake in private colleges. DRME Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi said the matter was under consideration. Sources in the department said that it awaits another judgment.
An official said: “The Supreme Court orders of last week on the contempt petition by Madhya Pradesh effectively cancelled the scope of counselling by private medical colleges. The verdict on a similar petition by Maharashtra is expected on Tuesday. Hopefully, it will bring clarity on how it will apply to the other states.”
In the region, only Punjab allowed private institutes to hold independent counselling. Haryana and Himachal Pradesh prevailed over them despite their resistance.