Almost half of the total MBBS and BDS seats in Punjab remain vacant and waiting for eligible takers. The scenario is just opposite of the usual “more aspirants, less seats” norm.
According to reports, of the total 2170 available seats in dental and medical colleges in Punjab, 906 BDS and 122 MBBS have remained vacant. The primary reason behind this is the fact that the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) could not find the sufficient number of eligible candidates despite conducting two rounds of counseling till date.
For both these courses, it is mandatory for students to obtain minimum 50 per cent marks in the All India Pre Medical Entrance Test (AIPMET). The eligibility criteria is relaxable by five and 10 per cent for BC and SC categories respectively.
Over 15,000 students across Punjab appeared in AIPMET on May 4 this year, of which, only 1400 cleared the test, revealed sources within BFUHS. Among these 1400 were many high-performance candidates who also managed to secure a seat in the premium medical institutes in the other parts of the country (thus leaving their seats vacant).
BFUHS has mentioned that it got 1214 applications against the available 2170 seats. Even after the second round of counseling, 59 government quota MBBS seats are still vacant. Making things worse for the university, 63 management quota and 120 NRI quota seats also remain vacant as of today.
Things are even worse for dental colleges. It has turned out that of the total 1,000 BDS seats in 12 dental colleges, as many as 906 are still vacant (396 management quota and 510 government quota). In fact, 15 seats in the two government dental colleges are also vacant. In order to fill these vacant seats, the dental colleges in the state are conducting a special entrance examination on Aug 24, 2014.