Madhya Pradesh: The state government is yet to arrive at a decision to hold online MBBS counselling for admission in medical colleges this year.
“A decision on the matter is yet to be taken, as we are awaiting SC guidelines, and also, seeking a legal opinion on different matters, with online counselling being one of it. We seek to provide students as much time as possible for choice filling, and at the same time want to ensure that interest of the meritorious students is taken care of, ” implied the director medical education (DME) Dr GS Patel in his statement to the press.
Sources have further confirmed that DME is also in touch with the state government over the matter at hand. It is seeking opinion on conducting counseling.
Online counselling was of concern last year as there were many technical glitches reported. On the other hand, DME has a tight deadline to follow as it seeks to complete the admission process by September 30.
Following the matter is more news for the local candidates. The domestic candidates are likely to be favored in general category in private medical colleges, if the DME has its way through. It is contemplating on a proposal to give local candidates a preference in general category now. Till now, they have been given preference only in reserved categories of private medical colleges.
Erstwhile, there were protests by the Telangana Junior Doctors’ Association (TJUDA), and Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors’ Association (APJUDA) after the Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences’ (NTRUHS) decided to implement web based counseling for the 2016-17 academic sessions.
Their disapproval was based on the fact the online mode of counselling can be subject to malpractices. Moreover, the offline method also that ample time is given to the students to consider their options on a case by case basis.