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KEEN OBSERVATION: Candidates taking a look at the merit list on NTR University of Health Sciences campus in Vijayawada on Thursday.
KEEN OBSERVATION: Candidates taking a look at the merit list on NTR University of Health Sciences campus in Vijayawada on Thursday.

G. Ravikiran

A ranker loses admission in his/her respective varsity area if an outsider takes admission in unreserved quota

VIJAYAWADA: A strange rule followed by Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) is depriving aspirants of PG medical courses of their right to get admission to specialisations of their choice and also in their respective university areas.

As per the rule, a ranker will lose his or her right to seek admission in his or her respective university area if an outsider has already taken admission in unreserved quota. Many candidates have objected to the rule saying it has not been mentioned in G.O. 74 which has laid down the procedures for counselling.

Raghuram, State's third rank holder (second rank in OU area), could not get the general medicine seat in Osmania Medical College (OMC) due to the rule. Though there were nine general medicine seats in OMC, Raghuram could not get the seat as he was forced to wait till the 11th roster point.

Raghuram was asked to take a seat in the Sri Venkateswara or the Andhra university areas if he was keen. He refused to take the option at the initial roster points. By the time Raghuram got a chance, other candidates with lower ranks got all the nine general medicine seats in OMC. Left with no choice, Raghuram had to opt for a seat in Gandhi Medical College.

Similar was the fate of 35th rank holder Madhu and 50th rank holder Vijay Kumar. After an SVU area candidate took the M.S. general surgery seat in the OU area in unreserved quota, Madhu was asked to opt for a seat in the unreserved quota.

`Withdraw the rule'

He was not allowed to take a seat in the local pool shattering his dream of getting a general medicine seat in the OU area.

A few candidates signed a representation to university Registrar A. Jayakar Babu demanding that the `unwritten' rule be done away with.

A student said that the Registrar ignored their demand without giving a satisfying answer and could not say whether it was mentioned in the G.O. that a candidate should opt for unreserved quota in a given situation.

A candidate pointed out that it was clear in rule 9.3 of the prospectus that a rank holder would be free to choose a seat in the State-wide quota or a seat in his or her university area or a seat in the 15 per cent unreserved quota.


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