Chennai: The first phase of counselling for admission to 1,599 MBBS seats in Government and self-financing medical colleges across the State began on Monday.
Handing over the admission orders to the top ten rank holders at the Directorate of Medical Education, State Health Minister KKSSR Ramachandran said that the first phase of counselling would be held till July 16th. The second phase would be from August 25 to 28.
"In the first phase, a total of 2,310 candidates have been called. There are 1,398 MBBS seats in 14 Government medical colleges, excluding the all India quota and 201 seats in self-financing medical colleges/' Ramachandran said.
The counselling for the Government quota seats in Sri Mookambikai Medical Colleges have not been included for counselling as the MCI has not restored its recognition.
As many as 100 candidates were called for the first day of counselling. Under the special category, 37 seats were allotted for the physically challenged candidates, two medical and one BDS seats for children of ex-servicemen and three for sports persons.
Other than the first ten rank holders, counselling for the general category would start from Tuesday.
"The Government has fixed the fees for MBBS at Rs 4,000 and for BDS Rs 2,000. BDS in self-financing colleges will cost Rs 75, 000," the Minister pointed out.
For BDS, there were 85 seats in the Government Dental College and 326 in the private colleges under, Government quota.
On fee structure for self-financing medical colleges, Ramachandran said that last year the Raman Committee had recommended Rs1.30 lakh as fees but Rs.4 lakh' was collected.
"According to the committee, excess payment of fees collected by these colleges other than what was recommended last year can be adjusted in this year's fees. The Government will take appropriate measures according to the requirements of parents and students," he added.
Terming the reasons for MCI's de-recognition to the three Government medical colleges at Theni, Kanyakumari and Vellore as 'only technical problems', the Minister said that there was no shortage of doctors as 600 doctors were appointed under the Directorate of Medical Education last year.
The seat matrix for the government medical colleges is 433 seats for OC (33 percent), 419 for BC (30 percent), 280 for MBC (20 percent), 252 for SC (18 percent) and 14 for ST (1 percent).
Health Secretary V K Subburaj, Director of Medical Education Dr Thiagavalli Kirubhakaran and Secretary of Selection Committee Kalaiselvi were present.