UT halts counselling of all 125 MD/MS seats

With the quashing of the UT Chandigarh pool for admission to postgraduate MD/MS courses in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, the UT administration has decided to halt the counselling of all its 125 MD/MS seats. This will adversely affect the students as they have no option left — all-India counselling through NEET was over on April 22.
In the absence of any clarification regarding the UT pool seats which are 32, the GMCH authorities held a meeting with UT home secretary on Wednesday. “It has been decided to seek this clarification from the high court. The UT standing counsel will file for clarification. Once we get the reply, the counselling should go ahead. Until then due to the court’s stay, there will be no counselling,” said Dr BS Chavan, director-principal, GMCH.
The MD/MS admission was under high court scanner last year as well when a writ petition was filed challenging the 100% reservation under the UT pool. The applicant had moved the Supreme Court, where it was decided to equally divide the MD/MS seats between institutional quota and UT pool. Explaining about the seat divide, a student who got through MD in GMCH and is waiting for counselling, said, “There are 125 seats under MD/MS which are through NEET examination. Last year, there were 50 students of postgraduation who had 62 seats under UT pool. This was challenged in the court. So, the UT pool was fixed with 32 seats, 63 were under all-India quota and the remaining were for pass-outs of GMCH.”
What happened this time? Earlier the 100% UT pool quota was challenged, this year the criteria for domicile has been questioned. However, if the UT pool has been quashed which had 32 seats, where will these be adjusted? “These seats cannot be shifted to the all-India seats or the UT pool as it will exceed the fixed 50% quota, which is illegal. So, we are in a limbo and have no option but to wait for the court’s clarification,” said another student who has passed the entrance of the MD examination through NEET.
Why does it often happen that there are various petitions filed against the admission criterion in GMCH? “There have been no clear norms for the UT pool students and those who are domicile. The clauses for a resident of Chandigarh are ambiguous and are laid in staggered manner. Unless the GMCH has stringent rules, there will be many such petitions that will affect the career of students,” said Dr Bhavneet Goyal, who runs a coaching centre for MBBS aspirants in the city.
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Last year, Chahat Bhatia, an MBBS pass-out from a college in Punjab, was declared ineligible by the UT for admission to MS/MD. She was a domicile of Chandigarh. She moved the court on April 16 arguing that UT can’t reserve all seats at GMCH for its pass-outs. Based on her plea in the Supreme Court, the seats were fixed and domicile criteria laid down by the UT administration.

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