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Medical entrance test for NRIs scrapped in Punjab


The Punjab Medical Education Department scrapped the mandatory Punjab Medical Entrance Test (Punjab PMET) for NRI students aspiring to pursue MBBS and BDS courses from any of the medical and dental colleges in the state of Punjab.

By relaxing the eligibility requirements, the Punjab government is aiming to fill the 271 NRI-quota seats as majority of these seats remained vacant in recent years. All such vacant seats had been merged in the general category, causing financial losses to medical colleges.

At present, there are 102 MBBS and 169 BDS seats for NRIs in Punjab medical and dental colleges respectively. An NRI student now needs to qualify Class 12 or an equivalent examination with physics, chemistry and biology subjects, in order to get admission. The admission for NRI candidates shall be based on merit in the qualifying exam.

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot will conduct Punjab PMET 2016 on May 15 this year. However, NRI candidates need not appear in this test.

For an NRI candidate, the total fee is $1, 10,000 for the MBBS course. The charges for the BDS course would be $44,000. Earlier, every NRI candidate had to get minimum 50 per cent marks in PMET to be eligible for admission.