Private colleges have allotted 265 seats to government quota
The counselling for medical courses, conducted through the Centralised Admissions Committee (CENTAC) for colleges in the Union Territory, began here on Saturday.
The counselling includes seats for MBBS and other biology based courses including Nursing and Dental Sciences for the government quota in seven private medical colleges in Puducherry.
The private medical colleges together allotted 265 MBBS seats towards the government quota this year. This is an increase of four seats from the previous year. But, according to CENTAC official, only 261 seats are being filled at the moment and the details of the additional four seats would be intimated in due course of time.
Apart from the MBBS courses, 100 seats are available for dental science course in two private colleges, 250 seats for B.Sc nursing in five colleges and 52 seats for other para-medical courses in one private medical college.
The 261 MBBS seats include those allotted by Sri Venkateswara Medical College and Research Centre, which was denied permission by the Medical Council of India to admit students for this academic years due to certain deficiencies.
The students were explained about the status of the college by CENTAC officials before awarding the seats from this college.
According to a senior CENTAC official, the private colleges have accepted the request by the committee to extend the time period for collection of fees from the students to August 20. This is to facilitate the students to participate in the counselling for the new medical college at a later date if the MCI approves permission to the college to go ahead with the admissions this year.
The counselling is conducted on the basis of the regional reservations provided to all the four regions of the Union Territory.