The NRI students eyeing admission to MBBS and BDS courses against their specific quota in Punjab medical and dental colleges will not be exempted from the entrance exam, as proposed earlier.
Medical education secretary Hussan Lal told HT that the ordinance promulgated by the central government on conduct of National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is very much clear that the state-level medical entrance test is allowed only for this year to fill the seats in government medical colleges and government quota seats in private medical colleges. Further, NEET will be applicable for management/private/NRI quota seats in private colleges and all India 15% central quota seats.
“This effectively means that there is no other way of getting admission and hence all NRI students will have to sit for state entrance exam and NEET to claim their respective quota seats in government and private medical/dental colleges,” he said.
“The central ordinance has been sent for legal scrutiny and fresh directions will be issued soon in this regard,” he informed.
As per the information, there are 102 NRI seats in Punjab’s government and private medical colleges, while in dental colleges the available number of seats is 169.
In March, the medical education department had abolished the mandatory PMET for them and notified their admission on the basis of their merit in Class 12 or an equivalent examination with physics, chemistry and biology as subjects.
Commenting on the change in the system, Chandigarh-based PMT trainer Arvind Goyal said. “It is good that entrance test is made mandatory for NRI seats also. The state government should issue formal directions in this regard at the earliest so that that the NRI students can prepare for the entrance exam timely.”
As per the information, the online registration for phase 2 of NEET has already been opened from Thursday. Since online registration has been closed for PMET, the state government is required to open separate registration for NRI students before the exam on June 12.