Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana, has defied the state government’s orders by deciding to go ahead with second counselling on Monday to fill MBBS and BDS seats.
On Saturday, the director of medical education and research (DRME) issued a notice to the CMC and two other private institutes to stop counselling following Supreme Court’s Thursday orders that prohibited independent counselling by any medical college or university.
The notice uploaded by the college management on its website on Sunday stated that the counselling for 16 MBBS seats and 10 BDS seats will begin Monday at 10am. It also asked the candidates to appear in the registrar’s office with documents.
DRME Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi said the CMC should not conduct the counselling and should wait for government’s fresh orders.
CMC principal Bobby John and registrar Dr George Koshy were not available for comments despite repeated attempts. They also didn’t respond to the text messages.
Last month, the state government allowed Adesh Medical University, Bathinda, and CMC, Ludhiana, to hold independent counselling for admissions to the MBBS and BDS courses. The SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das University in Amritsar, too, was allowed to fill 50% of management quota seats on its own.
However, the apex court’s latest orders that came after the Madhya Pradesh government moved a contempt petition against private colleges there, upheld the central counselling of private and government colleges/universities by the state government.
The Punjab government’s decision to cancel the already filled seats by these three institutes is awaited.