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PSG Institute, Chettinad Hospitals form consortium for the purpose

150 seats to be filled by Chettinad Hospitals, 100 by PSG from general poolThe exam will be held in two centres one each in Chennai, CoimbatoreThere will be a higher eligibility norm across all communities for better standards

CHENNAI: The only two private medical colleges in Tamil Nadu PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and the recently approved Chettinad Hospitals and Research Institute have come together to form a consortium to conduct a common entrance exam to fill about 250 medical seats in the State.

Recognised by the Permanent Committee for Conducting Common Entrance Test by Professional Colleges headed by S.S. Subramani, the consortium Tamil Nadu Private Medical Colleges' Association has decided to conduct a common entrance exam on July 14. The common application form (priced at Rs. 1,000) is being issued since June 21 at both the colleges and the office of the Permanent Committee.

The last date for submission for application forms is July 5. Results will be announced on July 24 and counselling will begin on July 26, S. Vembar, TNPMCA president, said.

The exam will be conducted in two centres, one each in Chennai and Coimbatore. While in Chennai the exam will be held at the Rajah Muthiah and the Rani Meyyammai Halls, Dr. Rukmani Lakshmipathi Salai, Egmore, in Coimbatore, it will be organised at the PSG Institute in Peelamedu.

This year, following the Inamdar Judgment in the Supreme Court, neither of the two colleges will submit a certain percentage of their seats to the government quota. This leaves 150 seats to be filled by Chettinad Hospitals and 100 seats by PSG from the general pool.

However, the TNPMCA, while retaining the rules of communal reservation, will prescribe a higher eligibility norm across all communities, with a view to promoting higher standards among students, Dr. Vembar said. The 70 per cent norm, or a minimum aggregate of 140 marks, will be required for all categories of applicants.

While the colleges have prescribed a fee of Rs. 4 lakh per annum, this will be subject to the Raman Committee approval, he said.