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The Supreme court’s order on Monday on scrapping the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT)-2015 will affect only 15 per cent of the seats in state colleges. Only six government medical colleges in the state will be affected as there are no central quota seats in 12 self-financed medical institutes in the state. The SC had also ordered a fresh test to be held within four weeks.
Member-secretary of the Admission Committee for Professional Medical Educational Courses (ACPMEC) Dr Pranesh Shah clarified that 85 per cent of the seats in state’s government as well as private medical institutes were filled up on the basis of combined merit of the scores obtained by the candidates in Std XII and the Gujarat Combined Entrance Test (GUJCET) conducted by the state government.
While 15 per cent of the seats in government colleges were filled up through AIPMT to ensure all-India presence in government colleges, 15 per cent of the seats in SFIs were reserved for NRI students and these were filled on the basis of merit in Std XII exam only. Going by the number of seats in government medical colleges which is 1,080, the order will affect 162 seats only.
It will not affect 2,780 seats in state’s self-financed medical colleges.
The six government medical colleges are BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, Government Medical College, Vadodara, MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Government Medical College, Surat, PDU Medical College, Rajkot and Government Medical College, Bhavnagar.
The total number of medical seats available in government and SFIs in the state are 3,860. Asked if SC order would delay the admissions, Shah said that there was no question of a delay as the last date for it as fixed by the MCI was September 30.