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No govt quota at SGPC’s medical institute, says management

After days of confusion, dean of Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar, claims it is private medical university, with no govt-quota seats

punjab Updated: Jul 17, 2017 09:46 IST
Nikhil Sharma
On July 1, SGRDC had announced scrapping of its government-quota seats.
On July 1, SGRDC had announced scrapping of its government-quota seats.(HT File)

Seeking to end the confusion over turning government-quota seats of Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRDC), Amritsar, into management quota, the authorities finally claimed that there is no government quota as the institute, run by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), has been approved as a private medical university.

“All the ordinances and statutes of the university have been approved by the government. We are very much a private medical university and thus there is no government quota,” said Dr AP Singh, dean, SGRDC.

Notably, state government officials had discussed the issue on Friday in Chandigarh, but no decision was announced.

“Whatever modifications were pointed out in the meeting held on Friday, we agreed to follow the same,” the dean said.

“We are a medical university since November 17, 2016, and we are not bound to have a government quota. We had to get the statutes approved and that has been done,” he added.

‘BFUHS TO FILL ALL 150 SEATS ON NEET BASIS’

In a statement on Sunday, SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh said, “All 150 MBBS seats of the SGRDC will be filled by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on the basis of National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET)”.

He asserted that there is no government quota in any private medical university of the country.

“Out of 150 seats in SGRDC, 42.5% seats are minority quota seats, 15% are NRI seats and the remaining 42.5% seats are for residents of Punjab with all constitutional reservations,” said Harcharan Singh.

The fee for minority quota at the institute is around Rs 40 lakh. This is about four times the cost (around Rs 10 lakh) of a seat in the government quota.

On July 1, SGRDC had announced scrapping of its government-quota seats.

A senior BFUHS official had then claimed, “We can’t accept the proposed division of seats until SGRDC gets the approval of the ministry concerned to scrap its government quota. It is yet to get statutes of the university approved.”

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The eligible candidates on the basis of NEET examination will appear for preference of colleges for MBBS and BDS courses at BFUHS on Monday.