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.

NEET 2017: Round 1 All India Quota allotment list released, check it here

The Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday released the first allotment list for National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) Under Graduate (UG) admissions 2017 under the 15% All India Quota (AIQ).

Candidates can check their results by clicking here. Key in your roll number and submit to view result.

Candidates whose names appear in the first allotment list should report at the allotted Medical/Dental College for admissions between July 16 and July 22 (until 5pm). Candidates should try to take admissions as early as possible and not wait for last day as there are different schedule of holidays/working hours in various medical/dental colleges. In some of the colleges two to three days are required to complete the formalities.

If a candidate fails to join the allotted college within the stipulated time his seat will be cancelled and he will not be eligible for next round of counseling.

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.