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Institutional quota row: How HC order will impact MS/MD admissions in GMCH

There are 125 PG seats which are divided into All India Quota (63 seats) and UT Chandigarh Pool (62 seats). Against all India quota seats, students are admitted as per all India ranking of NEET.

punjab Updated: May 18, 2018 11:21 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Institutional quota,quota row,MS/MD admissions
The Chandigarh administration had reserved all seats (under UT pool) against which UT can make admissions to the PG courses for the MBBS pass-outs from GMCH which is the only medical college in Union Territory.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

In a significant order, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday set aside the criterion laid down by the Chandigarh administration for admission to postgraduate courses ( MD/MS) in Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. Tanbir Dhaliwal dissects the issue and its impact

What is the controversy and how it reached the high court?

The Chandigarh administration had reserved all seats (under UT pool) against which UT can make admissions to the PG courses for the MBBS pass-outs from GMCH which is the only medical college in Union Territory. This condition puts those candidates in disadvantageous position, who are resident of Chandigarh but had done MBBS from medical colleges in other states. One such student, Chahat Bhatia who did her MBBS from a private medical college in Punjab, was declared ineligible by UT for admission to MS/MD even though she has Chandigarh domicile. She moved the court on April 16 arguing that UT can’t reserve all seats at GMCH for its pass-outs.

What is the seat matrix ?

There are 125 PG seats which are divided into All India Quota (63 seats) and UT Chandigarh Pool (62 seats). Against all India quota seats, students are admitted as per all India ranking of National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). For the 62 UT seats, students were being admitted through NEET ranking, but all these seat were reserved for medical graduates from GMCH. There was no reservation for students who belong to Chandigarh but have graduated from medical colleges outside UT. They were offered seats only after adjusting all GMCH pass-outs.

What is the impact of high court order?

The high court has held that Chandigarh administration can reserve only 50% of UT pool seats (31) for the GMCH graduates. It held that institutional quota can’t be allowed beyond 50 %. Remaining 31 seats of UT pool will now be open to Chandigarh students who have done MBBS elsewhere.

Who benefits from the high court order?

Now, 31 seats will be reserved for the eligible candidates, who studied for a period of 5 years in Chandigarh, children of persons who have resided in Chandigarh for a period of at least 5 years at any time prior to the last date of the submission of the application either in pursuit of a profession or holding of a job, and children of persons who have held/hold immovable property in Chandigarh for a period of five years at any time prior to the last date of the submission of the application. The property should be in the name of the parents or the candidates.

What about the students already selected?

The high court has asked UT to hold counseling again and have further directed that those who have given up seats after all India counseling will not have to vacate the seats.

What next?

The Chandigarh Administration says it will challenge the high court order in the Supreme Court. Till an intervention by the apex court, the high court order will be binding for PG admissions in GMCH.

First Published: May 17, 2018 12:13 IST