RTI Shocker: 9 MBBS seats left vacant at AIIMS
New Delhi: What may come as a shocker to many; this academic year, 9 MBBS seats have remained vacant at the country’s most prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where the most meritorious candidates face cut-throat competition to get enrolled in their dream to become a doctor.
This information surfaced via a recent RTI query filed by one Neemach-based activist Chandrashekhar Gaud on September 12. According to a media report, the activist’s son had appeared for AIIMS MBBS 2019 and he feared that the seats might be vacant even after counselling and mockup rounds, that is why he sought information regarding filling of MBBS seats from AIIMS.
The prestigious medical entrance exam, AIIMS MBBS, this year was held on May 25 and 26 at all the branches of the institute across the country—AIIMS New Delhi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Raipur, Rishikesh, Patna, Nagpur, Manglagiri, Bathinda, Deoghar, Changsari, Awantipora, Vijaypur and Rae Bareli.
The results for the 1,205 MBBS seats in these medical colleges were declared on June 12 and were followed by the counselling and mop-up rounds on August 26.
That 9 of these 1,205 seats remained vacant even after the multi-level examination process got over on August 31 was revealed in an RTI reply.
According to the information received via the RTI reply, there were no vacant seats at the end of the AIIMS MBBS counselling process on August 26. However, after the admission process concluded on August 31; nine seats — 1 each in Bathinda, Nagpur and Raipur and 2 each in Deoghar, Patna and Rae Bareli — were found vacant.
At the same time, the AIIMS authorities cited an order of the Supreme Court stating that as per a Supreme Court rule, the last date of admission is 31 August 2019, hence these seats are still vacant, reports Live Hindustan
The reason for the seats being vacant is that a student who has good numbers in the AIIMS entrance examination and he/she agrees to go for counselling and do not enrol after becoming part of the admission process. In such a situation the seat remains filled till the end and it becomes vacant if the student does not enroll at the last minute.
These vacancies resulted from successful candidates appearing for the counselling but opting out of the medical college admission process at the very end. “As the candidates appear for the counselling, the seats are reflected as filled right through, but become vacant after the final admissions,” Gaud told Mediapersons
“AIIMS must appeal to the Supreme Court make some alternate arrangement to fill up these nine seats, which will go vacant for the entire five-year academic session if enrollments are not allowed to them. Lakhs of aspirants prepare for AIIMS exam. It will be a pity if deserving candidates are left out for a mark or two, even as 9 seats go vacant,” he added while talking to IANS.
Of the total 1,205 seats, 584 are reserved for the General category candidates of which 28 are meant for persons with disabilities; 311 are reserved for the Other Backward Class (OBC) candidates, of which 14 are meant for Persons With Disabilities (PWD); 172 are reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates of which 8 are meant for PWD; and 83 are reserved for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates of which 5 are meant for PWD.
- 105 seats are available for admission to MBBS course in AIIMS New Delhi. Out of these, 16 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC), 8 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST), 28 seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and 53 seats for General Category for Indian Nationals including candidates under Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD) category. The same seat position goes with the 4 other branches of AIIMS in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur and Nagpur.
- AIIMS Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh have 54 MBBS seats for General Category, 28 are reserved for OBC, 16 seats are reserved for the SC category including PWBD candidates. The institutes have 7 seats for ST candidates with no PWBD reservation.
- AIIMS Manglagiri has a total of 50 MBBS seats with no PWBD reservation. 50 seats are divided into 26 for General, 14 OBC, 7 for SC and the rest 3 for ST.
- Both AIIMS Bhatinda and Gorakhpur have 26 seats for General category and 15 seats for OBC including PWBD reservation. The institutes have 8 seats for SC and 4 for ST category with no reservation of PWBD candidates.
- The seat position at AIIMS Kalyani is– 25 for General; 15 for OBC (both with 1 seat each for PWBD candidates); 8 for SC and 4 for ST category.
- AIIMS Deogarh seat position for 2019 is 28 for General; 14 for OBC (both with 1 seat each for PWBD candidates); 7 for SC and 4 for ST candidates.
- There are 52 MBBS seats each at AIIMS Rai Bareli and Telangana with 27 seats for General category and 14 for OBC candidates including PWBD reservation; Both institutes have 7 and 4 seats for SC and ST candidates with no reservation for PWBD students.