Admission crisis blows over

BANGALORE, AUG. 1. After the chaos on Saturday, aspirants for medical seats got a reprieve today when many private medical colleges "unofficially" admitted government-quota candidates against 50 per cent of their seats. Saturday was the deadline fixed by the Medical Council of India to fill MBBS seats.

Several medical seats remained unfilled on Saturday, although colleges kept their admission offices open till late in the night. The re-allotment of seats by the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell on Saturday to meet the deadline had left many students stranded as they could not reach the colleges in time.

Many students who were on their way to colleges in Belgaum, Mysore and other cities had sent telegrams to the colleges to keep their seats intact.

Students panic

Today morning, several students and parents were at the CET Cell to collect their admission tickets. The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences officials called up the colleges and asked them not to send back any government-quota student.

The colleges have also been asked to admit all the students sent by the CET Cell. However, the managements refused to admit any student beyond the 50 per cent limit.

The private college managements will file a petition in the Supreme Court against the 75:25 legislation on Monday, the chairman of the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka, R.L. Jalappa, told The Hindu .

Asked if the managements would seek any unfilled government-quota seats, Mr. Jalappa replied in the negative.

On admissions to engineering colleges, Mr. Jalappa said there was no scope for any problems as most colleges had agreed to the 75:25 formula. "Many engineering seats were left vacant last year. Now, since the Government has agreed to fill 75 per cent of the seats, it is their [the Government's] responsibility [to fill all seats]," he said.

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