Over 105 MBBS seats in Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital, Pathankot, were occupied on Tuesday during the third extended centralised counselling held at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, in compliance with the Supreme Court order dated September 18.
The college got its second batch of MBBS students after a gap of three years. In the past, the college had failed to get the approval of the Medical Council of India (MCI) after admissions were carried out for the first batch in 2011.
The seats have been occupied after the order was passed by the apex court allowing medical colleges across the country to conduct admissions for vacant seats after providing an undertaking that they would fulfill the MCI's conditions for approval.
Yet, over 40 seats in Chintpurni Medical College, besides 35 seats in other three medical colleges, are vacant under management quota. This way, nearly 75 seats for MBBS are still vacant across the state after the last counselling session on Tuesday.
Chintpurni Medical College was in an embarrassing situation as over 100 students from its only group of 150 students in 2011 were deliberating on shifting out of the college questioning the validity of their degrees after they passed out.
The college was caught in a difficult situation after the BFUHS vice-chancellor (V-C) had written to the state government to consider shifting the only batch to some other colleges as students had been continuously demanding the same, in case the college did not get MCI approval after 2011.
The V-C also wrote to the MCI, reportedly on September 9, seeking its opinion on whether or not the degree provided by the college would be valid.
On the evening of September 29, 31 seats were vacant in the MBBS course but four students had reportedly shifted to Chintpurni Medical College during the counselling for seats in the government quota.
Besides MBBS, nearly 18 seats in bachelor of dental surgery course were also lying vacant on September 29, for which counselling will be held today evening.
"About 104 seats in Chintpurni Medical college Pathankot have already been occupied and about 30 seats under management quota in other colleges are still vacant besides Chintpurni Medical College," said Dr Shavinder Singh Gill, V-C, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Faridkot.
On enquiring about the vacant seats Gill said till date it was the last counselling session in the light of the Supreme Court order. But if medical counsel or the government or the court relaxed the deadline, some other sessions might be held, he added.