SGPC’s medical college: Confusion over turning Punjab govt seats into management quota

With just a day remaining in counselling for MBBS and BDS courses in Punjab, confusion prevails over whether or not the government will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRDC), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government quota MBBS seats into management quota on account of its being a Sikh minority institute run by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Eligible candidates will appear for counselling at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Monday.

The SGRDC has 150 seats: 75 in government quota and 75 in management/minority quota. The fee for minority/management quota is around Rs 40 lakh for the fiveyear course, which is four times the cost of a seat in the general government quota. On July 1, it announced to scrap government quota, and put all seats under management quota.

Officials from the state government discussed the issue at a meeting in Chandigarh on Friday evening, but no decision was announced. Dr Raj Bahadur, vice-chancellor of the BFUHS, had earlier said, “We can’t accept the proposed division of seats until the institute gets the approval of the ministry concerned.” Harjit Singh, director of public instructions (DPI), colleges, didn’t respond to the text messages and calls.

SGRD has 150 seats, with 75 in the government (general) quota and 75 in the management/minority quota.

An education department official told HT on the condition of anonymity, “SGRDC will definitely get the status of a medical university sooner or later, but cannot charge fee as per its will. They (SGRDC) initially sought to charge Rs 62 lakh for MBBS! But the fee has to be as per the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions Act, 2006. Though the official decision is yet to come, it may not be allowed to scrap its government quota this session.”

Parents have been seeking clarity. Naveen Sehgal from Bathinda said, “I am not sure if my child can seek a government quota seat in the SGRDC as they are claiming to have converted all the seats to management quota which are really expensive.”

Geeta Sharma, principal of the college, did not take calls.

PRESENT POSITION, AND POSSIBILITIES

If the SGRDC is allowed to scrap the government/general quota, those having no reservation or those who are not in the NRI quota will not get admission at the institute.

Already, 75 seats in the government quota had 12 seats reserved for NRIs. Of the 63 seats left, 25 are reserved for Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and physically handicapped candidates.

Hotel management courses in Gujarat receive only 26 applicants

State’s Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) has received only 26 applications this year for four-year hotel management courses, offered at four institutes approved by All India Council for Technical Education, leaving 334 seats vacant.

Bhagwan Mahavir College of Management at Bhartana near Surat has 180 seats, 60 each in hotel management and catering technology, hotel management, and hospitality and tourism administration, but it has not received a single application.

Only two candidates had applied at Asia Pacific Institute of Hotel Management at Bhoyani. After the first round of admissions that ended on July 12, 58 seats remain vacant. An official said, “We will fill up the seats with candidates from other states after the ACPC completes the second round of admissions on July 24.”

The ACPC only admits candidates domiciled in Gujarat or having studied in Gujarat.

Gujarat government’s rules allow the institutes to fill up their vacant seats with candidates from other states after the ACPC admission process is over.

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Manoj Nair of Vivekanand Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management said that the college, located on the outskirts of Rajkot, has received seven students for admission through ACPC so far.

He too echoed the Asia Pacific official, “We will fill up our remaining 53 seats with students from other states after the ACPC admissions are over.”

The government-run State Institute of Hotel Management at Siddhpur in Patan district has fared better with 17 applications. Faculty member Lata Modh said that as of now 43 seats are vacant. “But after July 24, we are authorised to fill up the vacant seats on our own. The only thing we need to do is to inform the ACPC about the candidates being admitted,” said Modh.

ACPC member-secretary G P Vadodaria said, “Perhaps the people in Gujarat don’t have the inclination for hotel management courses and that is why they are not coming forward to take admission.”

Medical college quota: Decision on management seats at Punjab institute deferred

The state government has deferred a decision on whether it will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRDC), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government-quota MBBS seats into management quota. Punjab’s director public instructions (DPI) Colleges Harjit Singh chaired the six-hour meeting at his office in Sector 17, Chandigarh. At the meeting, representatives from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run institute presented detailed rules and regulations that it will follow if given the status of a medical university, a mandatory requirement before the quota of seats can be changed.

SGRD has 150 seats, with 75 in the government (general) quota and 75 in the management/minority quota. The fee for minority/management quota is around Rs 40 lakh. This is about four times the cost (around Rs 10 lakh) of a seat in the government quota. If it is given

SGRD has 150 seats, with 75 in the government (general) quota and 75 in the management/minority quota.

Counselling for registered candidates for medical admissions is scheduled for July 17. In case, no decision is taken on the matter, then students will fill their preference of college according to the current division of seats in the institute.

“The rules that govern the setting up of medical university needed to be studied carefully. There was not enough time to take an immediate decision and approve the relevant rules. One approved, the rules cannot be changed for five years,” said a senior official from Punjab education department. The next date for a meeting has not been decided yet.

THE PRESENT QUOTA POSITION

If the SGRD is allowed to scrap the government (general) quota), those having no reservation or those who are not in the NRI quota will not get admission at the institute. Already, 75 seats in the government quota had 12 seats reserved for NRIs. Of 63 seats left, 25 are reserved for Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Handicapped. So, a general category student was fighting for only 38 of 150 seats at the institute. These seats will also go, if the government quota is scrapped.

The management quota also has 11 seats reserved for NRIs.

On July 1, the institute had moved the BFUHS, asking for its nod. This was even as it announced the conversion of its government quota MBBS seats into management quota. The university had denied the nod claiming that the government will take the final call.

 

MBBS admissions: Decision today to convert govt quota seats to management in Punjab college

The state government will take a call on whether it will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRD), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government-quota MBBS seats into management quota on Tuesday. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run institute has 150 seats, with 75 in the government (general) quota and 75 in the management/minority quota. The fee for minority/management quota is around Rs 40 lakh. This is about four times the cost (around Rs 10 lakh) of a seat in the government quota.

On Tuesday, additional chief secretary, higher education, SK Sandhu, will hold a meeting on the issue with officials from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, the nodal agency for NEET counselling, and the SGRD.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee

Tuesday is also the last day for candidates to register themselves online for admission in medical and dental courses. Counselling is scheduled for July 17. Till now, 8,000 applications have been received.

“The decision needs to be taken as early as possible so that students are clear on the status of the seats in the SGRD,” a senior BFUHS official said.

If the SGRD is allowed to scrap the government (general) quota), those having no reservation or those who are not in the NRI quota will not get admission at the institute. Already, 75 seats in the government quota had 12 seats reserved for NRIs. Of the 63 seats left, 25 are reserved for Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Handicapped. So, a general category student was fighting for only 38 of 150 seats at the institute. These seats will also go, if the government quota is scrapped.

The management quota also has 12 seats reserved for NRIs.

BFUHS HAD DENIED NOD

BFUHS has maintained that the SGRD is yet to get status of a medical university and thus seats in government quota can’t be scrapped. On July 1, the institute had moved the BFUHS, asking for its nod. This was even as it announced the conversion of its government quota MBBS seats into management quota.

“If the SGRD is allowed to scrap seats, those candidates who could have been admitted under the government quota on merit will be deprived of the same. A lower-ranked candidate will get in as he can afford the higher fee,” a BFUHS official.

IIM-Lucknow announces 1-year management programme for working professionals

IIM-Lucknow has announced the 15th batch for General Management Programme for Executives (GMPE). This one year part-time programme, with four on-campus modules of 9 days each, is specifically designed for working executives to prepare them for an advanced career in management.

GMPE offers a mix of experience sharing, real life case discussions and assignments for professionals to enhance their performance and create greater value in their work.

Applicants should have at least 50% marks in their graduation/ post-graduation (or minimum CGPA of 5 on 10 point scale) or CA/ICWA/CS and a minimum of 3-year full-time post qualification professional experience as on July 17, 2017.

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Prof Rajesh K Aithal, chairperson (MDP), IIM-L, said, “The programme will give the candidates an opportunity to immerse themselves in the IIM learning experience with 240 hours of classroom teaching across four on-campus modules of 9 days each. The GMPE is designed keeping the needs of the working executives in mind to help them prepare for their next career move. It will integrate advanced management theory, soft skills and quantitative methods with real world business practices.”

Prof. Omkar Prasad S Vaidya, chairperson (Long term-MDP), IIM-L, said, “This program is designed specifically for the working professionals, who wish to upgrade their education base but usually cannot do so because of their busy schedule and pressing commitments. This program has a blend of modern approaches in management studies. A proper mix of case study, role play, group exercises, analytics using finest software and the conventional lecturing approach. This program will be a most viable step in one’s lustrous career ahead”.

The programme would be delivered by IIM-L faculty. It strongly focuses on conceptual frameworks in business and management skills, communication skills, financial management, accounts, human resource management, qualitative methods & operation management.

In addition to term-end final examinations, the programme would also include the capstone project and other evaluation tests. Successful candidates will be given a program completion certificate from the institute.