As per the report, the institute has sought rights to select students who have qualified NEET through its own counselling.
NEET 2017 Counselling: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has been doing rounds on the internet a lot off lately and often not for a good reason. While people are protesting against the exam in the state of Tamil Nadu, a medical college in Vellore has decided to leave 99 out of 100 seats in its Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme vacant. According to NDTV, Vellore’s premiere institute, the Christian Medical College has left 99 out of 100 seats in its medical programme.
As per the report, the institute has sought rights to select students who have qualified NEET through its own counselling as against the mandated centralized counselling by committee set up by the Medical Counselling Committee and the state government for All India and State Quota respectively.
Dr Anna Pulimood, the Principal of the college, was quoted as saying that they select students from all over the country with exceptional social concern. NDTV quoted Pulimood as saying, “Many students we choose are from poor background in remote areas and they go back and serve in those areas. High marks alone don’t guarantee willingness to serve. We accept NEET. As a minority institution we believe we have the right to choose among qualified candidates fulfilling our vision.”
While raising his concern over the issue, Doctors Association for Social Equality said that the college’s action may not be the right option. Dr G R Rabindranath, General Secretary was quoted as saying that as a developing country, there is need for more UG doctors and super specialty doctors and at this juncture stopping admissions to these courses is a great loss to the health care delivery system of India, NDTV report indicated.