NEET 2017: After Students, Colleges Get to Suffer!

By Malavikka

The Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore has stopped medical admissions in the college, owing to the hassles caused by NEET.

Why has CMC stopped medical admissions?

CMC has been following a standard admission procedure that is suitable for its varsity and target audience. But with the introduction of NEET, single window counselling was established, making it nearly impossible for the college to secure admissions through the process.

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What was the CMC admission procedure?

Out of the 100 seats available for the MBBS course, 85 seats are reserved for the minority community, in this case, Christians and 15 seats are in the open category. Students admitted under the minority category are required to serve in one of the mission hospitals run by the society for two years after completing the course.

What is the result of cancelling admissions?

The MBBS course will be run for a single student, a Central Government nominee who happens to be the son of a martyr this year, and a single candidate will be admitted to the DM Cardiology, as mandated by a Supreme Court order earlier this year, according to Sunil Chandy, Director, CMC. This will end up with 99 seats in MBBS and 61 in the super specialties not being filled.

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What about the PG admissions?

PG admissions to 182 courses were filled up as per usual admission process as the prescription of single window counselling came at the eleventh hour by which time the College had completed its admissions, and as per the Notification issued by the National Board of Examinations. The Supreme Court ratified this in favour of the college, Solomon Sathishkumar, principal-in-charge, CMC, said.

What next?

A case has been registered representing the college's difficulty against the NEET procedure. The verdict is expected to be out by October. For now, the college has sacrificed a majority of the seats for lack of a stability in the admissions.

"We are not happy to do this. It will also translate to a deficit in our frontline patient management systems. It is a sacrifice we are making. But we have to judge a student by our objective of the role we envision for our candidates," Dr. Chandy said.

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