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Confusion Over NRI Medical Quota Seats Leaves Aspirants Jittery

FARIDKOT – The prevailing confusion over filling the NRI quota seats in the medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and post-graduation medical courses (MD, MDS and MS) in various private and government colleges in Punjab has left the aspirants in jitters.

Each year, over 100 Indian and overseas students take admission under the NRI quota.

But due to confusion this time, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) could fill only two of the total 20 NRI seats for MD, MDS, and MS courses in Punjab during the last two days.

The confusion was caused after contradictory notifications made by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Dental Council of India (DCI) and the Punjab Government.

In the notification at the time of holding the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for under-graduate (MBBS, BDS) and post-graduate (MD, MS, MDS) courses, the MCI and the DCI did not clearly mention that the test was also compulsory for NRI quota seats. So many aspiring NRI medics did not appear in the NEET.

But in its notification on June 5, the Punjab Government declared that only those candidates, who have qualified the NEET-2013, shall be eligible to apply for all seats, including NRI quota seats.

The late notification of the Punjab Government disqualified hundreds of aspirants for NRI seats, who did not appear in the NEET.

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