Srinagar: Medical students competing for a seat in postgraduate courses on Wednesday accused the Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) of blocking seats to accommodate influential candidates, doing so by barring candidates from upgrading their choices in the next round of counselling.
“The Board officials told us that if want to participate in the next round of counselling, we will have to leave the seats already allotted to us. It is against the selection criteria and by doing so they want to block seats, to accommodate some blue-eyed candidates who are at the bottom of the list,” a group of candidates told Kashmir Reader.
The aggrieved candidates also held a protest at the BOPEE office today.
“Children of some influential people, including the daughter of a senior BOPEE official, will be unable to get a good stream if other candidates are allowed to upgrade their choices. On the other hand, meritorious doctors who deserve a better stream are being forced to take admission in courses not to their interest,” an aspirant alleged.
Sources in BOPEE told Kashmir Reader that the Board has this year cancelled the seat retention option which had been allowed in all previous years. “This is simply a fraudulent way to accommodate their favourite candidates against the rules,” said an official at BOPEE.
A female candidate said that the Board has relaxed rules for blue-eyed candidates. “Many students have skipped next rounds of counselling fearing they will lose the already acquired seat,” she said.
The PG seats are being allotted as per the National Eligibility cum Examination Test (NEET) score and the state quota in admission to various post-graduate courses.
BOPEE has concluded two rounds of counselling for admission in various postgraduate courses in medical colleges.
In an official press release, the BOPEE said that as “a candidate-friendly measure”, it had allowed “certain relaxations in the counselling procedure”.
The press release said that Chairman BOPEE, Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari, had extended the time for submission of resignation up to 10-05-2018 till 3.00pm.
“The conversion of category seats into Open Merit has been extended upto 3.00 p.m. on 10-05-2018 and unfilled category seats shall be filled on 10-05-2018 (2.00 pm to 4.00 pm),” the statement said, adding that the “mopping-up round” will be held on 11-05-2018.
It said all the willing and eligible candidates can participate in the process at their own risk and responsibility and the Board shall not be responsible under any circumstances if the candidate allotted the seat during the mopping-up round is not able to join the college within the stipulated cut off time of 12.05.2018 and such candidates will fall under SRO-48 of 2018.
It said the Board while considering the prevailing situation and the delay in admission process due to litigations, filed an application before the Supreme Court for grant of extension in time in completion of process, but the Supreme Court has not granted any relief so far.
It said the BOPEE completed the first online counselling of MD/MS/PG Diploma candidates on 01-05-2018, when it notified a list of 459 candidates. “The Board, due to extraordinary situations prevailing in the Valley, conducted second upgradation/allotment round on 07-05-2018 against the shortfall reported by the Colleges, through physical round of counselling instead of online counselling as a candidate friendly measure and to ensure that the vacant seats do not get waste, as no admission can be granted after 12-05-2018 as per MCI schedule, which has the seal and stamp of Supreme Court of India,” the statement said, adding that during the upgradation round against 52 odd seats almost every candidate approached the Board and the BOPEE while working round the clock ensured that the process is completed. Accordingly, 110 candidates were allotted seats/upgraded.
It said on the basis of the shortfall received from the colleges, the Board conducted one more round of counselling on 09-05-2018. “However, almost all the candidates, irrespective of their rank/age, approached the Board and raised certain demands and some candidates tried to create confusion and derail the whole process,” it said.