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ANGRY EXCHANGES: Candidates arguing with officials over the stopping of PG medical counselling at NTR University of Health Sciences in Vijayawada on Monday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR
ANGRY EXCHANGES: Candidates arguing with officials over the stopping of PG medical counselling at NTR University of Health Sciences in Vijayawada on Monday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

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Seats in all three universities must be filled simultaneously

Second ranker says he is not given correct choice due to roster systemStudents feel lower rankers are benefiting NTR University V-C feels if students are given seat of choice, locals would lose out Second ranker says he is not given correct choice due to roster systemStudents feel lower rankers are benefiting NTR University V-C feels if students are given seat of choice, locals would lose out

VIJAYAWADA: As top rankers of the PG medical entrance test waited for hours for their turn, those with lower ranks walked away with seats of their choice on the first day of counselling for admissions to various PG courses here on Monday.

The rule that PG medical seats in all the three major university areas in the State should be filled simultaneously dealt a blow to the aspirations of some candidates.

Top ranker C. Vijaya Amarnatha Reddy, who comes from Sri Venkateswara University area, chose M.D. (radio diagnosis) at Osmania Medical College (OMC).

Told to wait

When the turn of second ranker J. Harikrishna came, he was asked to choose any college outside OU. He preferred to join M.D. (general medicine) at OMC, but was directed to wait till one seat each was filled in other university areas.

Third to seventh rankers also chose to wait instead of joining colleges outside OU area.

Dr. Harikrishna said it was his long-time aspiration to pursue a PG course at OMC. Despite belonging to BC `B' category, he wanted to secure the seat in general category. "Though I am the second ranker, I have not been given correct choice. The officials are citing roster system as the reason," he said.

Sixth ranker Kishore Kumar, who also wanted to join M.D. (general medicine), felt that lower rankers were benefiting from the simultaneous filling of seats. "Though I am in top 10, I am not able to get a seat of my choice," he regretted.

The fifth seat filled on Monday was that of M.D. (radio diagnosis) at Gandhi Medical College (GMC), which went to 151st ranker R. Archana, who belongs to the SC-woman category.

OMC preferred

Vice-Chancellor of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences R. Sambasiva Rao said that every candidate was seeking admission in Osmania Medical College (OMC), because of the quality of facilities and infrastructure available there.

But as per rules in force, a balance would have to be maintained in filling PG seats in all the three university areas.

If students were allowed to choose a college of their choice, almost all the seats in OMC would be filled first.

This would give an edge to non-local students over local students who could stand to lose their rightful share of seats.

At the end, Dr. Amarnatha Reddy was a happy man, as he had no problem in getting the seat of his choice.

But the top ranker of last year Anantha Ram was not so lucky, as he could not get the seat of his choice due to a mismatch in the roster initially. The problem arose because the first roster point was OC (woman).

This year, the first point was replaced with the third roster point (OC general), enabling Dr. Amarnatha Reddy to realise his goal.

Challa Rajendra Naidu and Md Abdul Azeem, who shared eighth rank, got admission in M.D. (radio diagnosis) at Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Tirupati, and M.D. (paediatrics) at Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, respectively.


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