The initiative of the Centralised Admission Committee (Centac) has found a supporter in current Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi in view of the issue of filling of 50 MBBS seats in the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Science (PIMS). Bedi has also asked of the medical aspirants to not fall prey to any trap pertaining to medical admissions. The aforementioned Centac had canceled the counseling round due to being held on September 3. The move had allowed PIMS to fill the remaining 50 seats from the 1:10 merit list taken out by the committee itself (on August 31). Out of these 50 seats, 17 were under the government quota, while the remaining was under management quota).
The institute had already done away with its admission process by 31 August, in compliance with the deadline set by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The students, waiting for their admissions under the government quota, then complained of no knowledge or information regarding the counseling and subsequent admission.
The students, as well as the Parent Teacher Association, have accused the committee of holding solitary power for conducting the counseling, and flouting the law by forwarding the list to PIMS. Bedi, however, was in support of the Centac and reasoned that the institute was bounded by the list provided by it for admission purposes.
“No list is valid until it is approved by Centac and MCI. The list is to be vetted and submitted by Centac to MCI. Centac will verify if students were contacted by PIMS for admission and did not do a pick and choose,” Said Ms. Bedi. Warning students against trying to jump the list to get admission, she said, “Parents will be placing their children’s career at stake and also may lose money if they try and jump the list”.