Toppers flunk: 50% Class­-10 merit students in Punjab fail talent test

Barely two months after chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh expressed his displeasure at just 57% pass percentage in Class-10 exams in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), questions are being raised on the quality of toppers as well. Sample this: Only around half (50%) of Class-10 toppers (students with a score of 80% and above) who applied for a seat at 10 government-run Meritorious Schools in the state have cleared the entrance test for admission to Class-11 this year. WHAT ARE MERITORIOUS SCHOOLS A brainchild of former chief minister Parkash…

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SGPC’s medical college: Confusion over turning Punjab govt seats into management quota

With just a day remaining in counselling for MBBS and BDS courses in Punjab, confusion prevails over whether or not the government will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRDC), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government quota MBBS seats into management quota on account of its being a Sikh minority institute run by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Eligible candidates will appear for counselling at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Monday. The SGRDC has 150 seats: 75 in government quota and 75 in management/minority quota.…

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Big change:Babus, not academicians, to oversee education in Punjab

The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has decided to make structural changes in its set-up, by appointing bureaucrats instead of academicians in top positions. The decision was taken in a meeting of the board held on Friday. Until now, academicians were appointed in the administrative posts such as secretary. Now, the government will appoint IAS and PCS officers. At present, Janak Raj Mehrok is holding the position of secretary in the PSEB. Among other decisions, the board has finally chosen to hand over the eleven Adarsh Schools under it to…

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Medical college quota: Decision on management seats at Punjab institute deferred

The state government has deferred a decision on whether it will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRDC), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government-quota MBBS seats into management quota. Punjab’s director public instructions (DPI) Colleges Harjit Singh chaired the six-hour meeting at his office in Sector 17, Chandigarh. At the meeting, representatives from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run institute presented detailed rules and regulations that it will follow if given the status of a medical university, a mandatory requirement before the quota of seats can be changed. SGRD…

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MBBS admissions: Decision today to convert govt quota seats to management in Punjab college

The state government will take a call on whether it will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRD), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government-quota MBBS seats into management quota on Tuesday. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run institute has 150 seats, with 75 in the government (general) quota and 75 in the management/minority quota. The fee for minority/management quota is around Rs 40 lakh. This is about four times the cost (around Rs 10 lakh) of a seat in the government quota. On Tuesday, additional chief secretary, higher education, SK…

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Medical admission: Students upset as Punjab govt doubles reservation for Backward Classes

The Punjab government’s decision to double reservation for Backward Classes (BCs) in the state from 5% to 10% in all government medical and dental colleges has upset general category students, who have threatened to move court. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday, on instructions from secretary, department of medical education and research, Vikas Pratap. Anxious students and parents are reaching out to the BFUHS authorities seeking the withdrawal of the decision. A parent said, “The Punjab government should also think about…

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Punjab minister urges Centre to release scholarship funds

Punjab minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot today urged the Centre to take immediate measures to release the state’s share of Rs 1,046.48 crore in connection with the post-matric scholarship scheme of Scheduled Caste students. He was speaking at a regional conference of Social Welfare ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh here. The event was organised under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry. The meeting was presided over by Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. Dharmsot is Punjab’s Scheduled Castes, Backward…

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