CMC Vellore exempt from the rules

CMC Vellore exempt from the rules

TNN | Updated: Jun 8, 2019, 09:10 IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu health department has accorded a special status to Christian Medical College Vellore in the MBBS admission process for the upcoming academic year

Besides marking the 100 MBBS seats in the college as a special category, the prospectus has said that “the allotment of MBBS seats at CMC, is according to the rules and regulation of CMC”. Counselling for all other self-financing colleges affiliated to the state medical university is done under single window counselling. The colleges surrender about 35-50% of the seats for admission under government quota and the students are admitted to the remaining seats under management quota. The state follows NEET-based rank list and applies 69% reservation. CMC has been exempted from the process this year.

The government prospectus for management quota says, “For admission to MBBS/BDS courses under management quota including NRI seats in self-financing medical/dental colleges in Tamil Nadu and Christian Medical College, Vellore.”

State selection secretary Dr G Selvarajan said the state had decided to make a clear demarcation this year as there were chaos and arguments during counselling last year. In 2017, the century-old college took part in the single-window counselling and admitted only one student for MBBS course. In 2018, during counselling, all 100 seats in the college were declared as management quota seats.

“In 2019, the college will admit 12 meritorious students under open category. Two seats will be reserved for students from scheduled caste and one for a student from the scheduled tribe. One seat will be a central government quota. In addition, 10 seats will be reserved for children of staff working at CMC,” he said. For the remaining 74 seats, admissions will be given based on a recommendation from the missionaries attached to the institution across India.

A senior official from CMC Vellore said the Madras high court has directed the state not to ask private institutions to surrender seats. “We take recommendations of the missionaries because our students serve in rural areas,” the official said.

Parents of several students in the top 1,200 ranks told TOI they were disappointed for the second year in a row. Students say they would opt for CMC as the college charged low fees compared to most self-financing colleges. “It was on top of the list of choices as the college has good clinical material, faculty and library. But with just 12 seats, even a score above 625 in NEET is not adequate,” said Ramesh R, a parent.

While the fee structure for all self-financing colleges is fixed by the fee fixation committee constituted by the government, fee structure for CMC will be adopted as fixed by the institution, it said. There is no fee mentioned against the government quota. Fee for management quota is Rs. 48,530. “Any change in fee will be intimated on the official website,” it said. Fee for other colleges in management quota is Rs. 12.5 lakh.

Health minister C Vijaya Baskar said the state will do its best to get the government quota seats from the college. “We will do our best to sort this out before counselling,” he said.

Source: Times of India

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