The city’s premier medical college — Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32 — has decided not to hold an entrance test for the seven NRI seats it offers and the decision has not gone down well with the parents and academicians.
The decision comes against the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold a single entrance exam for the entire country.
The CBSE which holds the National Entrance and Eligibility Test (NEET), also made it clear that NRI quota in private colleges and in deemed universities would be filled through NEET’s second phase. The medical institute’s stand had been unclear on the status of NRI seats here, especially after Punjab decided to hold a separate exam for NRI candidates.
GMCH-32 director Dr Atul Sachdev told HT, “There will be no entrance exam for those seeking admission in the NRI category. We will follow the same pattern as last year and go by the board results of the aspirants.”
When questioned on the SC ruling, he said, “It applies to private institutes and we have been exempted this year, so while some states like Punjab are going ahead with an entrance exam, we have chosen to keep the pattern like last year.
However, next year onwards it will be compulsory for all.”
He said no specific notification had been issued on it as they were following the same pattern as last year. Some parents and students, however, feel that it is not a very fair decision.
Dr Arvind Goyal, academician and PMT trainer, said, “Chandigarh should follow the spirit of the SC verdict regarding the NEET, wherein no admissions to MBBS or BDS should be without an entrance exam.
It is clearly mentioned in the NEET UG notification that all state government quota seats where the state opts for NEET eg. Chandigarh have to be filled through NEET.” He added that there was no mention of any exemption from the entrance exam in the SC verdict, the ordinance and the CBSE notification for the NRI candidates. “No compromise should be made while selecting students for the course of MBBS. NRI students come from varied boards of different countries and their academic standards can only be judged through a common entrance exam,” he added.
Sanjeev Dosanjh, a Sector-38 resident, whose child is also a medical aspirant said, “There should either be a separate exam or those applying under the NRI quota should appear through the NEET.”