Counselling for govt PG medical seats from next week

 The counselling for the State government’s PG medical and dental courses is likely to take place from next week. 

According to sources in the Medical Education department, preparations are on and the counselling might begin in the first half of the week. There was a delay in conducting the counselling this time, owing to a case pending in the Supreme Court with regard to domicile status of candidates seeking government seats. 

In the light of the Supreme Court verdict (which quashed the domicile clause put forth by the State government), the government has to now proceed with the PG counselling. 

More time for counselling

Since there has been a delay in starting the seat selection process, the government has been given an extra month’s time to complete the counselling. Accordingly, the State will have time till the end of June to conclude the seat selection process. As a majority of candidates from outside Karnataka were competing for the State seats in the government quota, the government had proposed domicile of at least 12 years to claim seats as Karnataka students, in order to help the State students. At present, this is limited to five years.

With the Supreme Court quashing the proposed clause to extend the number of years, the competition for the seats will be more. Applicants are now reconciling to the tough competition and are deciding to go for either COMEDK seats or prepare all over for next year’s entrance exam. 

“Anyone who has a rank more than 300 and wants to apply in general merit for a clinical seat should start preparing for next year’s entrance exam now itself,” one of the PG medical applicants who is hoping to get a diploma anaesthesia seat, told Deccan Herald. 

Seats remaining

In the recently concluded COMEDK first round counselling for medical seats, there are a total of 40 medical seats remaining in the general merit quota and 74 seats in all. 

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