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Whoa! More Than 50 Percent Private MBBS Seats Remain Vacant Due To New Rules

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| August 24 , 2017 , 10:31 IST

Deemed universities and private colleges across the nation are facing a crisis as more than 50 percent of their MBBS seats and 85 percent of their BDS (dental) seats remain vacant even as the third round of the new system of centralised counselling comes to an end on Thursday.

The centralised counselling system for admission to undergraduate medical and dental seats was introduced under the Supreme Court's orders this year in an attempt to centralise the admission process.

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However, as the admission process comes to an end on August 31, deemed universities and private colleges fear that a majority of their vacant seats will remain unfilled as under the new rules the institutes cannot admit students on their own.

While nearly a third of the 15 percent seats under the all-India quota at government colleges continues to remain vacant, unlike deemed universities and private colleges, the government colleges will get a chance to fill the seats as they would be transferred to the states.

The vacant MBBS seats may come as a ray of hope for medical aspirants, but due to the new matrix of counselling, the institutes will have to follow the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) list even after the final transfer of seats.

The head of a private medical college in Karnataka said, "We have 200 MBBS seats, of which 30 are for NRIs. In this category, we have filled just one seat. Of the 170 general seats, 89 have been filled after DGHS counselling till the mop-up round. In BDS, we have filled 29 out of 100 seats."

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The vice chancellor of a deemed university in Hyderabad also expressed worry, saying, "For every 10 vacant seats, DGHS will release a list of 100 candidates (10 times higher). But when a similar process during the first three rounds has yielded next to nothing, we expect less than 10% of the vacant seats to be filled. Till last year, deemed universities had the option of choosing their students."

In the view of the difficulties faced by deemed universities and private medical colleges, a senior DGHS official said, "The counselling has been undertaken as per the apex court's order and guidelines, and no changes are possible to tackle the issue of unfilled seats. We are going to seek legal opinion and also approach the court again. Otherwise, there is a possibility of up to 12,000 seats remaining unfilled this year."