New MBBS session at Govt Medical College starts with half strength

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2015 00:25 IST

The new MBBS session at Government Medical College, Patiala, began with nearly half its actual strength on Wednesday, as the last week's directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, while hearing petitions against discrepancies in Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET), 2015, had put on hold the admissions to MBBS and BDS courses.

Due to this, admission of several selected students for Patiala Medical College could not be finalized, as Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot had stopped taking fee under the court's direction.

College principal KD Singh informed that the college enrolled only those students who had submitted fee before the court's direction. "As a result, new batch was started with 114 students against its total strength of 200 seats," he added.

He, however, said hearing of the case was scheduled on September 17 and any decision on further admission would be cleared after that.

He said the new batch was briefed about the anti-ragging rules and were told that in case they face any such incident with in college campus or hostels, they should immediately inform the college authorities. He said the college has already constituted several teams to keep a check on any kind of ragging incident.

What is the case?

The case relates to discrepancies in Punjab PMET held on May 17. On September 1, the high court single-judge bench had disposed of a bunch of petitions challenging the May 17 examination, ruling out a retest and directing the respondent university to revise the merit list after giving 12 marks to all 15,000 students and additional four marks in two other categories of candidates.

However the petitioners challenged the decision before the double bench of the high court, which put on hold ongoing MBBS and BDS courses admissions last week.

As per the directions, BFUHS, Faridkot, has been asked to respond on September 17 on the petition of the students, seeking quashing of the single-judge order that set aside their re-examination demand. They also want directions to the medical university to either conduct a fresh test or let an independent expert agency assess the disputed questions.

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