Apparently, there are few takers of BDS seats as most of the candidates who cleared the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) have already opted for MBBS. As a result, following the first round of counseling, the university conducted a special test on August 24, 2014 to fill the BDS seats that remained vacant. However, that hardly made the situation any better.
On the flip side, the MCI’s decision has brought some relief to the general category students as approximately 94 vacant seats will be effectively converted to this category. As per the prospectus of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, only three NRI quota seats have found the requisite takers.
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.
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.