Published: 20th April 2019
Andhra Pradesh medical seats stay blocked even after heavy fine and held back certificates
In 2017, the state government issued an order, to restrain the practice of blocking the seats and then leaving without joining
The officials of Dr NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS), formerly Andhra Pradesh University of Health Sciences, in Vijayawada are trying to implement strict action against the students who are blocking medical PG seats in various colleges across the State.
Every year, a few candidates block the seats and leave at the last moment without joining. In the year 2017, the State government brought new guidelines, where the certificates of the candidates will not be given back and they will be barred from attending counselling for the next three years and they have to pay Rs 3 lakhs to the University.
Even though the State government planned to implement strict action against the students blocking the seats and not turning up, a similar situation arose during the 2018 counselling. In 2018, 4-6 candidates left the seats vacant in government colleges. In private colleges, it was about 10 seats. However, the candidates took back their certificates through the court order and just ended up paying Rs 3 lakhs.
In the year 2017, the State government issued GO 67, to restrain the practice of blocking the seats and then leaving without joining. As per GO 67, there was a three-year ban for writing the entrance test for the students who leave their seats once getting admission in a college and also they should pay the amount of Rs 3 lakh as fine. In addition to this, the University officials also hoarded the certificates of the students which were submitted during the counselling process, who didn't join upon getting an admission.
However, a couple of students moved to the High Court and got the orders in favour of them, where they paid the amount and took the certificates. But the seats which they didn't join, left vacant and were not filled by anyone. This year, the officials are planning to stop the practice of blocking the seats at any cost, either by increasing the fine or by holding the certificates.
"Every year we find one or the other student block the seats and leave them without joining. All those seats will be wasted. Money is not the factor, every single seat is very important and there might candidates who would be waiting for that single seat. Even after the decision made to hold the certificates of the candidates, a few candidates left the seats vacant with a court order and by paying the amount. We have to make sure that this will not repeat this year and we are discussing the issue with the officials," said Dr S Appala Naidu, NTRUHS Registrar.