With almost all dental colleges in Punjab facing the possibility of a never-seen-before “zero admission” year, the association of private Punjab dental colleges have come up with a drastic solution. According to reports, the association has sent a proposal to the state government, urging it to conduct a state level admission test for all dental colleges in Punjab.
The call for this desperate move has come in the backdrop of less number of Punjabi candidates securing the eligibility marks in the All India Pre Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT).
As per existing rules, only those candidates who scored above 50 per cent marks in the AIMPT are eligible for admission into BDS and MBBS programs in Punjab. Only 1300 candidates from the states managed to score that threshold mark in the AIPMT 2014. Since, the figure is almost equal to the total number of MBBS seats available in the state, this could eventually lead to a scenario where an overwhelming proportion of BDS seas available in the state dental colleges remain vacant.
“There are over 1000 MBBS seats in Punjab. Moreover, since AIPMT is a national level entrance test, those Punjabi students who are on the top of the merit list will opt for prestigious medical colleges outside Punjab. This will lead to a scenario where all the eligible students of Punjab will get admission in MBBS course and all BDS seats would be left vacant. As colleges in other states are allowed to fill seats on the basis of class 12 score of a candidate, Punjabi aspirants would definitely move to other states,” said Vikram Sharma, patron of Punjab Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges Association, Times of India reports.
“If the Punjab government agrees to conduct a separate test for the benefit of Punjab students, the association is ready to sponsor the state government and bear all expenses,” Sharma added.