As many as 516 of the 1,190 BDS seats remained vacant, even as the counselling in 14 dental colleges of the state ended today. The counselling was conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot.Of the 525 seats under the management quota, only 130 have been filled. In the government quota, 514 of the 635 seats were filled. Thirty seats are under the minority quota in Sri Guru Ram Das Dental College, Amritsar.Only four colleges, including the two run by the government in Amritsar and Patiala, were able to fill all their seats. In seven private colleges, more than 50 per cent of the seats remained vacant.
Last year, 540 of the 1,190 seats had remained vacant in the dental colleges. In an effort to fill the seats, the state Medical Education Department had relaxed the eligibility criteria by allowing every NEET-qualified candidate from any part of the country to vie for a BDS seat in Punjab. The Dental Council of India (DCI) allowed a one-week extension to make admissions.Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital, Muktsar, and Gian Sagar Dental College, Banur, got only 14 and 33 students, respectively, against their capacity of 100 seats each.
The private institutes which recorded 100% intake are Sri Guru Ram Das Dental College (Amritsar) and Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College (Ludhiana).