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Counselling for medical seats begins

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Only two seats lost in government quota, says Minister



ANXIOUS MOMENTS: Medical seat aspirants and their parents ascertaining the availability of seats from a giant screen at the CET Cell in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

BANGALORE: The admission round seat selection for medical, dental, Ayurveda, homoeopathy and Unani courses commenced at the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the process, the Medical Education Minister, Iqbal Ansari, said only two seats are lost in the government quota compared with last year and that there is no cause for anxiety for meritorious students.

He said the counselling process will be completed smoothly this year and there will be no confusion.

Besides, the Government has helped the rural students by correcting the imbalances noticed last year, he told a gathering of students and parents before the counselling process commenced.

Four medical colleges, which were not allowed to admit students last year, have been permitted to take students this year. This has further increased the availability of medical seats under the government quota.

The government had to forego 50 per cent of the seats in private colleges to the managements. Last year, it had 60 per cent of the seats under the government quota.

The CET Cell Special Officer, D.N. Nayak, reiterated that a candidates securing medical seats have to sign an affidavit, stating that they will serve in a Primary Health Centre on completion of MBBS course.

Medical rank holders from 1 to 1,500 were allowed to select the available seats on Wednesday. Seven of the top ten rankholders chose Bangalore Medical College.

Awaiting his son's turn, N.V. Reddy felt the reduced share of 50 per cent under the government quota does not augur well for students.

"There should be no confusion from the beginning of the CET process. Once the schedule is decided, it should be strictly adhered to without any changes," he said.

Vinupriya, a student, said students under the management quota should be admitted strictly on the basis of their performance in an entrance test.

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