BFUHS no to Amritsar medical college to scrap govt-quota MBBS seats
Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar had scrapped all 75 seats unilaterally and converted these to management quotaUpdated: Jul 06, 2017 16:06 IST
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Fardikot, has refused to allow Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (SGRDIMSR), Amritsar, to bring all 75 government-quota MBBS seats under the management quota.
The fee for minority quota and management quota is the same (around Rs 40 lakh) at the institute. This is about four times the cost (around Rs 10 lakh) of a seat in a government quota.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run institute has 150 seats with 75 government quota seats and 75 seats under management/minority quota.
The state government is yet to accord the status of a private university to the institute, a mandatory condition, if it wanted to change the composition of seats.
Yet, on July 1, the institute went ahead and announced the scrapping of government-quota seats.
“We can’t accept their division of seats until they get the approval of the government. Their status of a medical university is pending and until they get that, the government quota seats can’t be scrapped. The matter has already been brought to the notice of the government,” a senior BFUHS official said.
“We will introduce all the seats of the college under management quota once government approves the same,” a source from SGRDIMSR said.
SGRDIMSR principal Geeta Sharma said, “The college is likely to get the status of a medical university soon. Thus, we decided to put all seats in the management quota.”
Meanwhile, a meeting of all the principals of medical and dental colleges was held at BFUHS on Tuesday, pertaining to distribution of seats for counselling of NEET candidates. Around 6,000 candidates have registered for the varsity’s NEET counselling.