The Doctors Federation of India (DOCSFED) has reached out to the Medical Council of India and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Health Minister, asking them not to entertain Punjab’s request for relaxing the MBBS admission criteria .
According to them, it’s not wise to lower the standards merely for the sake of filling seats in the NRI and other quotas. The principal argument here is that such undue relaxation will do more harm than good by compromising with the quality of medical education in the state.
DOCSFED further asked for all vacant MBBS seats under different quotas in the Baba Farid University of Health to be allotted to eligible candidates from the General category so as to ensure that they do not miss any more time in the ongoing academic calendar.
DOCSFED further argued that there was already a provision for this, and also that neither was there any dearth of eligible candidates because a lot of students had already scored the minimum qualifying score in the AIPMT but could not be allotted seats (because of the reservation system).