The state government of Punjab has sought the Medical Council of India’s (MCI’s) approval to relax the criteria for MBBS admission to around 100 seats in the NRI category. As per previous rules, if the NRI students fail to qualify for the seats, they automatically go to the general pool.
According to sources, 600 eligible candidates are still waiting for admission after Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS); Faridkot completed its second round of counselling on July 27. Most of these students are from the general category.
The admission criteria laid down in advance cited that candidates scoring a minimum of 50 per cent marks (40 per cent for scheduled caste) in the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) can apply to the various medical colleges in the state. Thereby, 1318 candidates qualified and there were around 50 candidates in the scheduled caste and other categories. Aspirants with AIPMT state rank of 799 were also able to seek admission.
According to the Association of Medical Aspirant, Punjab, some people were intentionally trying to mislead the government and create confusion with false reports. The government officials were made to believe that there were approximately 50 per cent seats lying vacant, due to unavailability of enough takers.
“The vacant MBBS seats mainly pertain to NRI category from which only three candidates could qualify as per the criteria. So, as per the prospectus and the past practice, these seats should go to the general pool and filed by the eligible candidates’, said a member of the association. He further added that it is unfortunate and unethical to subvert the process of admission mainly to satisfy the interest of certain candidates.
It seems that the Punjab government had asked the MCI to relax the criteria on the basis of a representation received from NRI candidates. Despite repeated attempts, Dr. SS Gill, the vice chancellor of BFUHS could not be contacted to clarify the matter.