KARNATAKA

Anxious students heave a sigh of relief

HUBLI, AUG. 1. Students given seats at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hubli had a harrowing time on Saturday, the last day fixed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for admission to the MBBS course at the institute.

KIMS is permitted to admit 50 students for the course. However, the authorities said they had been permitted to admit another 50 students, who would be given seats during the second round of counselling to be held shortly.

Mad rush

With the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell placing an advertisement in Saturday's newspapers asking students to take admission by July 31 to comply with the MCI directions, all hell broke lose for the students who had to reach the colleges allotted to them on time.

KIMS was besieged with calls from students and parents. However, the authorities concerned cooperated with the students and assured them that the admission process would be completed on Saturday, irrespective of the time when the students reached Hubli. They even promised to keep the office open late in the day to help the students finish the admission formalities.

Praise

As a result, most of the students heaved a sigh of relief as they completed the admission process without much difficulty. The parents and students who criticised the Government for the confusion caused, had a word of praise for the arrangements made by the KIMS authorities.

According to reports, 44 students took admission with at least two of them completing the formalities as late as 11 p.m.

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