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Worried over vacant BDS seats, colleges relax criteria

Colleges offering Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program under Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) are struggling to fill their BDS seats even after carrying out three rounds of counseling. As per the latest available data, as many as 455 BDS seats, including 49 under the government quota, laid vacant because of lack enthuse amongst students.

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.

To counter this move, the affected colleges are relaxing their criteria for admission so more students can apply against the vacant seats.

Apparently, quite a few colleges are tossing aside guidelines by issuing ads that say anybody who cleared their Class 12 exam with the subjects Physics, Chemistry and Biology with 50 per cent marks were eligible for admission in their BDS program.

Such desperate ploy by the colleges attracted the attention of the Director of Medical Research and Education (DMRE) which then issue a public notice on Sunday.

“Counselling sessions are being held to fill up vacant seats in MBBS and BDS courses across the state at college level. In advertisements issued by some institutions, the educational qualifications required for these courses have been mentioned as Class 12 pass, instead of the minimum marks secured in the AIPMT test, which is a violation of the notification by the state government,” the public notice reads.

“The general public is informed that the eligibility for an MBBS/BDS course is 50% marks in AIPMT for the general category and 40% marks for the reserved category.”

The state government, however, has not approved the proposal of filling up these seats based on students’ Class 12 marks only. It is worth mentioning here that apart from the 455 BDS seats, a whopping number of 202 MBBS seats also remain vacant.

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