Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today ordered that the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) conduct counselling for selection of students under state government quota in the post graduate courses for medical colleges in Puducherry for academic session beginning 2017. At the end of her surprise inspection of the process of selection at CENTAC office located on the premises of the Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC) today, she said it had the mandate to hold counselling and admit students in the colleges on 50 per cent of total seats under the state government quota.
The committee should ensure that this was complied with “in letter and spirit”, she said in a release. Bedi said counselling, if any, conducted diverting the government quota seats either to all India quota or the quota of managements of the colleges “should be rescinded and the government quota seats should be restored by further counselling on merits tomorrow”.
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She said it should be ensured that the students meet the date line of admission tomorrow.
She also said that 71 seats have been identified to be still available in the colleges under the government quota.
“Now these seats are being returned to students of Puducherry,” she said and added, “This is the result of surprise inspection (she had) at the CENTAC office and also after listening to the representations of the students.”
The surprise inspection by the LG was compelled in view of “repeated complaints” from students who have been coming to Raj Nivas during the open house programme.
Following her direction, the convenor of CENTAC, Dr V Govindaraj, announced through a press communication that any eligible NEET candidate can attend counselling tomorrow (May 31) with complete set of documents and the counselling would be between 9 AM and 1 PM.
The convenor said that 71 seats are still available under the government quota in the PG stream of medical education for students.