Punjab not to pass on vacant medical national quota seats to state students

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 14:42 IST
Till now, the state used to fill the vacant medical seats under the national quota by its own selection process. (HT Photo)

From the coming academic session, the vacant MBBS/BDS seats under the 15% all-India quota in Punjab medical colleges will not be filled on the basis of the state quota merit as the Punjab government will re-advertise them after the third counselling concludes and fill them on the basis of the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT)-2016 merit.

Till now, the state used to fill the vacant medical seats under the national quota by its own selection process.

In 2015, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, filled 17 MBBS and 13 BDS vacant seats under the national quota--surrendered to Punjab on September 17 by the director general of health services--through its state quota. On October 1, the Supreme Court banned the practice of filling vacant national quota seats through the state quota merit and the Medical Council of India asked all states to comply with the orders. These seats, however, could not be reversed since the apex court’s September 30 admission deadline was over and there was status quo on the admission process.

To avoid any legal complications this year, the university, in its prospectus for the 2016-17 session, has clearly mentioned that it will re-advertise all-India quota seats, if surrendered by the director general of health services to the state after the end of third counselling in September, and fill them through the AIPMT-2016 merit.

Commenting on the move, Chandigarh-based PMT trainer Arvind Goyal said it is good that the state government had clarified its stand in advance so that meritorious students of AIPMT could rightly claim the vacant seats unlike last year when these were filled through the PMET merit. “The whole purpose of conducting AIPMT is defeated if eligible all-India students are denied admission on the seats reserved for them,” he added.

However, many believe the move will adversely affect the state quota students.

With NRI seats in the state also being filled on the basis of Class-12 merit this year, the general category state quota students have little hope of the vacant NRI seats being shifted to them unlike last year when over 90 such seats were shifted to the general category after they went vacant after the normal selection process.

Only 670 MBBS seats on offer

According to the tentative list released by the university for the next session, only 670 MBBS seats have been confirmed so far. These are 150 seats each in Patiala and Amritsar government medical colleges, 150 in Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, 70 in Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, 100 in Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, and 50 seats in Government Medical College, Faridkot.

It is to be seen whether the Patiala and Faridkot colleges get an increase of 50 seats each.

Besides, no permission for admission has been granted to 100 seats of Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot. Medical education secretary Hussan Lal said the college would be included in the admission process in case the MCI allowed permission before the first admission counselling in June.

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