Faridcott, May 11th
The problem with the large number is that even after five rounds of counseling, 10 private state dental colleges were unable to fill 490 of their vacancies for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).
Punjab has 14 private and two public dental colleges. Only four private and two public dental colleges were able to fill all of their 340 BDS locations. In 10 private dental colleges the number of vacancies is 490 out of a total of 1,000 places.
To fill 549 BDS vacancies at these 10 colleges, Baba Farida University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) invited students to a fifth round of counseling last week. Only 75 candidates expressed their readiness to get these places through registration with the BFUHS. However, as a result of the fifth round of consultations announced by BFUHHS on Wednesday, 59 candidates chose to enroll in the BDS course, leaving 490 vacancies.
Some of these 10 private dental colleges have 64 to 82 percent of vacancies even after the fifth round of consultations. These colleges are now hoping for a reduction in the percentage for qualifying for the BDS course during the current training session, which will help them fill vacancies.
Currently, candidates in the general category who have scored the 50th percentile – corresponding to a score range of 720 to 138 – are eligible and are being considered for admission to the BDS course.
Similarly, students belonging to the reserved categories (SC / ST / OBC) qualify if they have scored 40 percentage points, a score range of 137 to 108, while the limit for people with disabilities has been revised to 45 percent, score range 137 to 122.
On May 7, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced not to lower the qualifying cut-off percentage for admission to the BDS course. This decision was made after the Executive Committee of the Dental Council of India (DCI) at a meeting on April 6, recommended that the Center reduce the qualification percentage,
To oppose the ministry’s decision, many dental colleges have appealed to the Supreme Court to reduce the cut-off percentage for admission, as many graduate students cannot receive minimum scores and are therefore not eligible for admission to the BDS course.
The consultation is over
- There are a total of 14 private and two public dental colleges
- Four private and two public colleges were able to fill all of their 340 BDS places
- In 10 private dental colleges the number of vacancies is 490 out of 1000 places