With a notification finally issued, non-resident Indians (NRIs) have been exempted from appearing in the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) 2016 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. The notification of March 18 by the Punjab government’s department of medical training and research says that admission to the NRI quota seats would be made on the basis of merit in qualifying exam, that is, Class 12, “as per the decision of the Punjab and Haryana high court [in 2015]”. Now it could be easier to fill the 271 quota seats — 102 in MBBS and 169 in BDS — in 21 medical and dental colleges of Punjab with NRIs, as last year for the MBBS seats, only 64 eligible candidates had applied. The vacant seats had to be made available to other candidates who had cleared the PMET conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. The PMET this year is scheduled for May 15.