Students lack interest in the course, says Acharya
897 seats were made available under subsidised fee category in 2006-07 540 seats in various colleges have remained unfilled
BANGALORE: Even after hard bargaining with managements of private professional colleges on seat sharing and fee formula, the Government finds that more than 50 per cent of the dental seats under the subsidised fee category are vacant.
As many as 897 dental seats were made available under subsidised fee category (Rs. 25,000 per seat) in 2006-07. But 540 seats in various colleges were not filled.
Now, the Government is considering offering the vacant seats to eligible candidates who have passed the pre-university course in the supplementary examination.
Addressing presspersons after a meeting with officials of the Medical Education Department, Minister for Medical Education V.S. Acharya said despite low fees, students lacked interest in pursuing the dental course. The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell had already completed counselling for dental seats.
The vacant seats would be offered to candidates who had appeared for the CET and obtained the required marks in both the PU examination and the CET. The Government would take a decision on the issue in two or three days, Dr. Acharya said.
According to the CET Cell only those candidates who had obtained 50 marks both in CET and the PU examination were eligible for admission to the dental course.
Mr. Acharya and the Minister for Transport N. Cheluvaraya Swamy, who is also the in charge for Mandya district, said the inauguration of the medical college in Mandya would be in the first week of October.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) had permitted the Government to open new medical colleges in Mandya and Belgaum from this academic year. Each college had provided admission to 100 students and classes had commenced from September 1, they said. The Mandya and Belgaum medical colleges had been allotted 30 acres of land each.
Dr. Acharya said the Government would spend Rs. 309 crore in the next four years and provide all facilities, including building and equipment, to those colleges.
A sum of Rs. 23 crore had been released to the two colleges.
The Government had to provide basic facilities there as the MCI team would inspect the colleges. There was no shortage of staff in the colleges, the Minister said.
The Government would make all efforts to open medical colleges in Shimoga, Hassan, Bidar, and Raichur, Dr. Acharya said. The previous Government had sanctioned them.