Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: The counselling for medical seats began at four centers across UP on Sunday. However, admissions on the 65 medical seats that were barred in a battle between King George's Medical University and Medical Council of India could not take place here on the first day of counselling.
The MCI had not permitted KGMU to grant admissions to 65 seats out of its 250 seats due to infrastructural gaps in July. In response to the action by the MCI, the authorities of KGMU moved the case to the court, where the bench stayed the orders of MCI and told the officials of UP to take admission on all seats until further notice.
During the counselling process on Sunday, the officials of the medical education department asked students to sign an undertaking which said that admission on the disputed seats would be subject to court order. Thus, many parents protested against the order and students opted for the option forcing officials to put admission on these 65 seats on hold. The parents and candidates were not convinced by any reason given by officials and representatives from KGMU who assured that their wards will not be at a loss if they joined the medical university.
Meanwhile, the confusion over the 65 seats delayed the counselling process by several hours adding to the anxiety of the candidates and their parents. By the end of the day, only 372 candidates could register themselves while 358 candidates could lock their choices across all centers.