BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur.

The admission process for MBBS and BDS courses in the state has courted confusion and controversy this year. Questions over eligibility, students submitting fake NEET result cards and the release of —what students presumed were two merit lists — on June 29 and on July 17, have marred the process to an extent. There are reports of students planning to move court against Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, the nodal authority for these admissions, after the second list reportedly lowered ranks of some of them.

Ahead of the online allotment of MBBS and BDS seats on July 21, HT’s Nikhil Sharma interviewed BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur to bring clarity on the issue for all stakeholders.

What was the information that the varsity uploaded on its site on June 29, 2017 ?

After getting the NEET result from the Central government, we uploaded the result of candidates who had appeared in NEET 2017 and filled Punjab as their appearing state.

Did this list reflect on merit?

No, this list only gave a vague impression of the standing of candidates among those who had applied for the NEET with Punjab as their appearing State.

Who is an eligible candidate for a seat from the Punjab State?

All candidates who are bona fide residents of Punjab and have done Class 12 from the state are eligible.

Are other candidates also eligible for Punjab State admission in NEET 2017?

Candidates who have been exempted as per ‘Notification of Punjab NEET 2017’ shall also be eligible for competing seats, as mentioned in para number 11 and sub paras number (i) to (viii), including the special note mentioned there in the prospectus that the BFUHS has issued. Students should read the prospectus carefully.

Candidates have alleged significant discrepancies between the first and the second list?

There are candidates, who are ineligible, and yet have applied to the BFUHS. They reflect on the second list as it is difficult to ascertain if a candidate fulfils all eligibility criteria in an online application process. We will verify correct eligibility before allotment of seats.

What do you think caused the disparity/confusion about the two lists?

Candidates belonging to minority quotas viz Christian candidates as well as Sikh candidates are to be considered for admission based on All-India ranking. So, they are reflected on the second list. Also, as per the state’s notification, candidates for BDS from across the country, shall be considered after exhausting candidates from Punjab.

Why did the BFUHS do a physical verification of documents?

We are conducting the physical verification in the case of 11 categories where the number of seats are few. The eligibility of general candidates shall be verified on July 22 and 23. The verification of SC and BC candidates will be done on-the-spot at respective colleges as and when students join, between July 24-31.