NEET-PG 2017: Punjab finally announces joint counselling


Acceding to Centre’s call, Punjab has finally decided in favour of a joint counselling for admissions to its postgraduate (PG) medical courses.
A public notice uploaded on the department of medical education and research web portal on Monday clarifies that Faridkot-based Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) will hold admission counselling for all its government and private medical and dental institutes on the basis of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)-PG merit.
Private colleges notified under state’s the Deemed University Act are also to be included in the joint counselling, it said, while giving a reference of the Centre’s circular dated December 5 that asked states to go in for joint counselling.
The Haryana government has already gone ahead to conduct joint counselling for its private and government medical and dental institutes on the basis of NEET-PG merit.
Monday’s announcement by Punjab medical department means that two of deemed private universities — Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda and Amritsar-based Sri Guru Ravi Das Institute of Medical Sciences — and private colleges, including Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, will have no authority of holding separate counselling for the next session’s PG admissions, the process of which will start in April.
This marks a change in the state policy that eventually allowed its private medical institutes to hold separate counselling during last session’s MBBS and BDS admissions despite the Centre’s call for combined admission.
Sources in the department said pressure has been mounted on the state government to follow the similar policy during admission to undergraduate courses in the next session as well.
“With this notification, no private institute, including those granted status of deemed university, will be allowed to hold separate admissions,” said K Siva Prasad, who currently holds the charge of secretary, medical education.
A student, Navneek Singh, said with this decisions, students will not have to apply in multiple colleges and face harassment at the hands of private institutes who often throw their own admission rules at the time of counselling.
President of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab, Dr Rajinder Sharma welcomed the move and said it would stop “underhand” dealings in private medical colleges at the time of allotment of seats and bring more transparency in medical admissions. “We also want the state to regularise fee structure in private institutes so that medical education comes within the reach of ordinary citizens,” he said
Chandigarh based NEET trainer Dr Arvind Goyal demanded joint counselling during the coming MBBS and BDS admission too.
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