Despite clear instructions on the State government’s Health Department websites, candidates aspiring for a seat in government medical colleges arrived at the Government Kilpauk Medical College on Monday, creating a flutter.

There were several families from across the State on Monday morning even as counselling for admission to self-financing dental colleges in the State began.

A group of candidates with very high scores had brought interview call letters, but were not allowed to enter the auditorium, the counselling venue.

Even as agitated parents protested, the policeman posted outside the auditorium stood his ground. A relative of one student said parents were upset that there was no Health Department authority to express their grievances to.

K. Subramaniam said his son was keen on MBBS but not dentistry. “He has got admission in an engineering college. I am exploring the possibility of his getting a seat in medicine,” he said.

He was, however, worried if his son would lose the opportunity by not attending the allotted counselling session for BDS.

T. Devaraj’s son was admitted to BDS in a private dental college but wondered whether the private college would reimburse the fees if his son were to be admitted to a government-run college at a later date.

“I have paid the fee of Rs. 25,000 today and it is non-refundable. If after a month a vacancy arises in a government medical college and my son gets admission, I don’t know if the private college would return the fees or how much they would deduct,” he said.

Secretary of Selection Committee R.G. Sukumar said the candidates had been informed about the method of selection and the details were on the website. It was their anxiety that brought them to the counselling centre, he said.