Gujarat Initiates Revised Choice Filling Round for Medical and Dental Course Admissions

The Admission Committee for Professional Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Educational Courses (ACPUGMEC, ACPPGMEC) has commenced the revised choice filling round, just a day after its decision reversal to dramatically raise fees for undergraduate medical courses in 13 medical colleges under the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS).

"Prospective students engage in the revised choice filling process as Gujarat reopens admissions for medical and dental courses."
“Prospective students engage in the revised choice filling process as Gujarat reopens admissions for medical and dental courses.”

The committee found itself compelled to reset the admission process and is anticipated to unveil an updated timetable imminently.

In an official statement, the committee divulged that the ongoing choice filling round, which kicked off on Wednesday, will run until August 12. This process will encompass a total of 8,113 seats, comprising 6,858 MBBS seats spread across 39 colleges and 1,255 BDS seats in 13 colleges.

In a notable move last month, the state government introduced revised fee structures for government quota, management quota, and NRI quota seats. The annual fee for government quota seats experienced a substantial increase from Rs 3.30 lakh per year to Rs 5.50 lakh, signifying a 66.66% surge.

Simultaneously, the management quota fee skyrocketed from Rs 9 lakh per annum to Rs 17 lakh, marking an 88.88% rise. For NRI quota students, the annual fee encountered an uptick from $22,000 to $25,000, reflecting a 13.63% increase.

However, a sudden turn of events on Tuesday saw the committee rescinding the fee hike and reverting back to the previous fee structure. This abrupt shift has resulted in the annulment of admissions for approximately 6,000 students who had secured seats in the initial round of admissions.

The GMERS’s 13 medical colleges collectively offer a pool of 2,100 medical seats within the state. According to regulations, 75% of these seats are reserved for the state quota, 10% for the management quota, and the remaining 15% for the NRI quota.

Across all GMERS medical institutions, there exist 1,500 state quota seats, 210 management quota seats, and 315 NRI quota seats. Any vacant NRI quota seats are reallocated as management quota seats.

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