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Posted at: Jul 13, 2018, 12:23 AM; last updated: Jul 13, 2018, 12:23 AM (IST)

Second round of MBBS, BDS counselling deferred

Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, July 12

The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Thursday evening deferred the second round of counselling to make admissions for about 2,000 MBBS and BDS seats in eight medical and 15 dental colleges in the state.

The step has been taken by the BFUHS in view of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC)’s decision of not announcing the result of second round of counselling for the all-India quota seats till further orders.

The MCC on Thursday announced to keep the result in abeyance till further orders in view of a decision of the Madurai bench of Madras High Court, which said 24,000 candidates who appeared for NEET, the all-India test for MBBS and BDS courses, in Tamil would receive 196 extra marks (out of a total of 720) as the question paper contained translation errors.

The High Court has asked the CBSE, which conducted NEET, to issue a revised ranking list in two weeks and suspend counselling for medical courses till then.

The first round of online counselling for MBBS and BDS seats was conducted by the BFUHS two week ago and its result was declared on July 5. On the basis of this result, the students have to join the allotted seats by July 12.

In the second round of counseling, all aspiring students were to reach the BFUHS on July 24 for their participation.

In the second round, the vacant all-India quota (AIQ) seats in three government medical colleges are also merged with the state quota. As the MCC has not declared the result, in absence of matrix of vacant AIQ seats in three government medical colleges in the state, the BFUHS is unable to conduct the second round, said BFUHS authorities.

Of total 500 MBBS seats in three government medical colleges in the state, 75 seats go to AIQ and these seats are filled by the MCC at all-India level. The vacant seats are assigned to the state for merging in the state quota.

Dr Raj Bahadur, Vice Chancellor, BFUHS, said the second round of counselling would be conducted keeping in view the directions of the MCC, Union and State Health Ministry.

With this indefinite deferment, there are apprehensions of academic session in medical colleges getting delayed. 

The Supreme Court has fixed August 31 as the last date to complete all rounds of counselling, including mop up round. 

However, the apex court had extended time for mop up round counselling till September 7 last year when the Director General of Health Services informed the court that more than 5,500 seats were lying vacant in deemed universities.

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