Only eight apply for 45 MD, MS seats in Punjab under NRI quota

Only eight apply for 45 MD, MS seats in Punjab under NRI quota

Tribune press service

Balwant Garg

Faridkot, September 18

With admission to medical and dental postgraduate (PG) courses underway, there are few applicants for NRI quota seats at private colleges in the state. Reason: High tuition fees compared to those of management quota seats.

Huge disparity in fees

$1.25 lakh (Rs 1 cr) Tuition fees for NRI applicants

Rs 19.50 lakh Management Quota Seat Fee

There are 35 NRI seats in medical schools and 10 in dental institutions. Only eight candidates applied for the 45 seats – four from Punjab and other states.

Private colleges charge US$1.25 lakh (about Rs 1 crore) as tuition fees for a clinical MD/MS seat of NRI candidates, while the fee for a seat under the management quota is Rs 19.50 lakh .

The fee in government colleges is Rs 4.5 lakh for a seat under the management quota. Counseling for MD and MS courses is ongoing and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) has released the tentative merit list of candidates based on their NEET-PG exam score. The university invited objections to the merit list, if

any. The revised draft merit list will be posted next week after reviewing all objections.

The first round of online advice will begin on September 23, the BFUHS Registrar said. The Medical Advisory Board, which regulates medical school admissions, on Friday offered applicants the option to change their caste category (SC, ST, OBC and EWS) to ‘Unreserved’ and nationality from ‘NRI’ to Indian.

In a public notice, the committee said that candidates who had inadvertently filled in their category as SC, ST, EWS or OBC in the National Examinations Council registration form, but later realized that they were unable to claim the reserved category seat due to any reason, they may change category.


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