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NEET-2017 medical college admission: Only 41 apply for 300 NRI seats in MBBS, BDS

For NRIs, 15% seats have been reserved in all private institutes and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot.

punjab Updated: Aug 03, 2017 11:16 IST
Nikhil Sharma
The second round of counselling for medical and dental admissions in state institutes will start on August 8.
The second round of counselling for medical and dental admissions in state institutes will start on August 8. ((Getty Images/iStockphoto))

Only 41 candidates have registered for online counselling for 300 NRI seats in MBBS and BDS in private and government medical colleges in the state. Officials at the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, the nodal agency for NEET 2017 admission this year, say a similar scenario is repeated every year. The counselling is scheduled for August 4 (Friday).

“There are few NRI candidates and seats will be surplus. After the August 4 counselling, vacant NRI seats in government colleges will be merged with the general quota seats. Seats in private colleges will be merged with management quota seats,” said a senior official with BFUHS. 

For NRIs, 15% seats have been reserved in all private institutes and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot. Also, 13 seats each have been reserved in Government Medical College, Patiala and Amritsar, along with three seats in Government Dental College, Amritsar, and four in Patiala. 

There are 136 MBBS seats for NRI candidates — including 95 seats in private institutes and 41 seats in government colleges. In BDS, the state offers 157 seats in private colleges and seven in government institutes.

Second counselling starts on August 8

Meanwhile, the second round of counselling for medical and dental admissions in state institutes will start on August 8. Students can fill their online preferences of colleges till August 13. Allotment of seats will be done on August 18. “We are yet to get complete number of seats surrendered by the students in respective colleges. That list will soon be compiled and students will vie for these seats in the second round of counselling,” added the officer. 

Candidates who fill the wrong category code will be treated as belonging to general category. 

Parents cry foul, V-C says all processes followed

Many parents have approached the state’s higher education authorities, including state health minister Brahm Mohindra, claiming that the university had wrongly allotted seats to the candidates from other states in Punjab institutes.  Responding to this, BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said, “Seats have been allotted strictly according to the notification of the state government. We have verified the prospectus from 2001-2017 and all include the same eligibility notification. Every year, parents whose children fail to be on the merit list come up with the same complaint.”