Aimed at safeguarding the interest of medical aspirants in the state, the Punjab state government is introducing a new policy under which all of its MBBS and BDS seats will be reserved for the state’s own residents only.
So far, the state government was also considering allowing those candidates who are not native to Punjab, but did their Class 12 in the state. The notifications for admission to MBBS and BDS programs for the 2015 academic session included a new criterion that read, “The candidate should belong to Punjab and have passed his/her Class-12 or equivalent examination from a recognized school/ institution situated in Punjab.”
To meet this new criterion, candidates will be required submitting a certificate from the head of the institute last attended.
However, the new criterion exempts certain categories including children of defense personnel, non-resident Indians, and government servants. It is worth mentioning here that it has been traditionally a common practice amongst students from many neighboring states to enroll in a Punjab school to ensure that they are eligible for a seat in the state’s dental and medical colleges.
Prior to this new policy, the Punjab government had also decided to conduct its own medical entrance examination rather than admitting students based on their All-India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) score. During last year’s admission process based on AIPMT scores, a large number of seats had remained vacant.
Also, this is going to be the first ever time when candidates who are native to Punjab, but have finished their Class XII in Chandigarh will be considered eligible for admission into Punjab’s MBBS and BDS programs.