Puducherry PG medical aspirants left in the lurch

Candidates who have been denied admission to the medical institutions in Puducherry rued that the government-managed Centralised Admission Committee (Centac) has failed to regulate PG admissions in self-financed colleges and deemed universities.

On the day of mop up counselling on Monday, self-financing institutions continued to reject the demand drafts by candidates who went by the fee structure announced by the fee committee.

While 78 candidates chose seats under the government quota in self-financing colleges and deemed universities, the Centac failed to reveal how many candidates have got admission to the colleges.

All the self-financing colleges had refused to accept the demand draft of candidates who had paid the fees announced by the fee committee.

On the other hand, a few medical institutions had gone ahead and cancelled the seats selected through Centac counselling under management quota and listed the seats as vacant for the third counselling. At the Centac office, a candidate had come with all the documents to meet the officials to question why her seat was cancelled by the medical institution.

On condition of anonymity, the candidate said that through Centac counselling she had selected a seat under management quota and even submitted the demand draft for ₹14 lakh as mandated by the fee committee.

“They are demanding ₹50 lakh fee for admission. The medical institution I chose has cancelled the seat and listed it as vacant in the third round of counselling,” said the candidate. Three other candidates who had secured seats in deemed universities under State quota were denied seats despite paying ₹33 lakh fees.

Passing the buck

A senior Centac official said that it was not their responsibility to ensure admission in the colleges.

“Our duty is to show the seat matrix and conduct counselling.

“It is the responsibility of the government to ensure admission. We have orally informed the government that we cannot conduct counselling without the issues related to fee fixation being resolved,” he said.

However, he did not respond when asked why the mop-up counselling was conducted in such circumstances.

Centac Convenor Govindarajan added that the seats taken under government quota would not be shown as vacant till the issue was resolved.

Centac was formed in 2004 for admission of candidates through a joint entrance test (JET) to professional colleges in the Union Territory.

Meanwhile, the government continued to drag its feet and looked the other way in resolving the fee structure of postgraduate medical and dental courses even as Tuesday is the last date of admission.

Puducherry UT All CENTAC Students Parents Association President M. Narayanassamy said that instead of thwarting attempts by self-financing colleges who continue to take a divergent stand, Centac had surrendered to them and the government had failed to rein in the colleges.

He added that Centac had held two phases of counselling so far.

“Seats have been allotted to students in both government quota as well as management quota. Students who were allotted seats, when they approached the respective colleges, were denied admission citing different reasons and the government is still holding talks with these private medical colleges and deemed universities and a solution to this issue has not been reached so far,” he said.

Third round counselling

He added that at this juncture Centac authorities were holding the third counselling on May 30. Besides, the vacancy list has not been released on the Centac website for government quota seats.

The association demanded that Centac should immediately announce the number of allotment orders issued by it in government and management quota seats in counselling held so far.

The seats of the students who have submitted demand drafts should be left vacant irrespective of their joining the colleges and counselling should be held only for the seats for which demand draft had not been given.