Medical Admissions 2019-20

Medical Admissions 2019-20

Over 50% pvt med college seats vacant

PUBLISH DATE 24th August 2017

Deemed universities and private colleges across the country are staring at a huge crisis of unfilled undergraduate medical seats under the new system of centralised counselling intr oduced on the Supreme Court's orders this year, reports Manash Gohain.

As the third round of counselling ends on Thursday , over 50% of MBBS seats and 84% of dental seats in the institutes are vacant. The final mop-up of vacant seats is scheduled for August 28. With the medical and dental admission pro cess set to end on August 31, deemed universities and private colleges which have several vacancies fear that a majority of their seats will remain unfilled as under the new rules, they will not be allowed to admit students on their own.Sources said even in government colleges, nearly a third of the 15% seats under the all-India quota has remained unfilled till now. However, unlike deemed universities and private colleges, government institutions will get a chance to fill these seats as they will be transferred to states.

A health ministry official said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), which is conducting the counselling, will seek legal opinion on how to resolve the crisis of unfilled seats. While this may come as a ray of hope for medical aspirants, what is troubling universities is the new matrix of counselling under which these institutes will have to go by the DGHS list even after the final transfer of seats.

The head of a private medical college in Karnataka said, “We have 200 MBBS seats, of which 30 are for NRIs. In this category , we have filled just one seat. Of the 170 general seats, 89 have been filled after DGHS counselling till the mop-up round.In BDS, we have filled 29 out of 100 seats.“

There are deemed universi ties where no admissions have taken place till now. “ After the mop-up round ends on Thursday , the seats will be transferred to the deemed universities. And for every 10 vacant seats, DGHS will release a list of 100 candidates (10 times higher). But when a similar process during the first three rounds has yielded next to nothing, we expect less than 10% of the vacant seats to be filled,“ the VC of a deemed university in Hyderabad said.

“Counselling has been undertaken as per the apex court's order. We are going to seek legal opinion and approach the court again,“ a DGHS official said.