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Fate of CMC entrance test hangs in balance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 2
As the tussle continues between Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFU) on the one side and the management of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on the other over the holding of pre-medical entrance test (PMT) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses as well as distribution of seats, CMCH has fixed July 18 for the holding the examination on its own.

The state government had issued a notification that a common PMT would be held by BFU for all private and government medical and dental colleges and that institutions run by the minority communities (Sikhs and Christians) would have to fill 50 per cent of total seats on the basis of open merit while the other 50 per cent could be offered to candidates belonging to the minority community.

However, the CMCH management refused to give up its claim on holding its own PMT to fill seats for the MBBS and BDS courses, citing a ruling of the apex court that those minority institutions, which were holding their separate entrance tests for the past more than 25 years, could continue to do so.

Dr Mohan Verghese, Principal, , CMCH told Ludhiana Tribune today that there was nothing in the way of holding PMT by the college to fill seats on the all- India merit, both for open category and the candidates belonging to the minority community. The issue as to how many seats CMCH would have to provide to candidates based on open merit or whether the open merit seats were to be filled from among candidates qualifying in the common PMT or that of the CMCH was before the committee headed by Justice G.R. Majithia ( retd) .

"We have held a couple of rounds of discussions with Justice Majithia and are quite hopeful of a positive outcome in the next few days, ”he said. Meanwhile, the United Church of Northern India (UCNI) has come out in the open, saying the CMCH need not conduct separate entrance test. An authorised spokesperson for the UCNI, Mr B.M. Frederick, said in a statement that the separate entrance test conducted by the CMCH on all -India basis, in fact, did not serve the desired purpose of providing admission to deserving Christian candidates and the situation was being exploited by certain select bishops or Christian institutions, who were empowered by the managing committee of the CMCH to nominate 22 candidates. "Among themselves, these bishops or Christian bodies nominate between one and three candidates each and there is practically little or no competition for sponsored seats."

Mr Frederick further alleged that there had been instances when the non-Christian candidates, shown to be Christians, had been nominated to sponsored seats. The selective sponsorship system, he maintained, was unfair even to the Christian candidates, most of whom did not have access to the influential bishops or functionaries of authorised Christian bodies.

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451 patients examined at camp
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 2
A free medical-cum-check-up camp was organised by the Dashmesh Charitable Hospital in association with the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala, here yesterday.

The camp was inaugurated by Mr S.K. Singla, AGM of the bank. At least 451 patients were examined free of cost by a team of doctors. Around 120 ENT patients were examined by Dr Sanjeev, 240 patients with eye ailments were examined by Dr Rajesh Batra and 101 cases of skin were examined by Dr Vimal Kanish. Mr R.K. Dudeja, Branch Manager, and Mr Bhadur Singh, Field Officer, were also present.

According to Mr Inderjit Singh Kala, president of the hospital, all patients were provided with medicines free of cost. The hospital was open to all especially poor and needy patients who could not approach big hospitals for consultation and cure, he added.

Mr Tarlok Singh Jaggi, former president, Punjab Retailers Association, Ms Raj Rani, president, Nagar Council Doraha, Mr Tarlochan Singh Sethi, Mr Sukhpal Singh, Mr Pritam Singh Begowal and Mr Sukhpal Singh were also present.

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Moga Civil Surgeon clarifies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
Dr Virinderpal Singh, Civil Surgeon, Moga, today claimed that he was “innocent” and he was being falsely implicated in a case of corruption. He claimed that he had been exonerated in separate inquiries conducted by the Vigilance Department and the Health Department, following which he was elevated as the Civil Surgeon in October, 2003.

Reacting to proceedings initiated against him and three others under the Prevention of Corruption Act, he maintained that he had been appointed as Civil Surgeon long before the court released an order making him an accused in the case and summoning him for the same. He said the mere initiation of prosecution did not mean he was guilty.

Dr Virinderpal Singh claimed that he would file his defence before the court and he was confident that he would get justice and be acquitted by the court. Denying the allegations of the complainant that he had influenced the outcome of the departmental and vigilance inquiries, Dr Virinderpal Singh claimed that these were purely based on merit.

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NSS volunteers briefed on diseases
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, July 2
A total of 75 volunteers of National Service Scheme of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, were educated about various deadly diseases by Dr S.S. Dhir, SMO, Sahnewal, at Dreamland Amusement Park yesterday.

Dr Dhir ellaborated upon causes and affects of hepatitis A, B and C and the precautionary measures to be undertaken beforehand. He also stressed upon the cleanliness of the surroundings, usage of clean chlorinated and boiled water and avoiding stale vegetables and fruits. He also encouraged the volunteers to assume a responsible role and educate villagers and society regarding the spread of AIDS and the controlling measures to be adopted.

Mr Gian Singh, Health Inspector too spoke on the topics as gastroentiritis, jaundice, malaria, T B and cancer. He told them about the vaccinations meant for expecting mothers and infants who were prone to various diseases if not handled in time.

Prof Amarjit Kaur, NSS in charge thanked the doctors for their contribution towards the NSS camp. Mr Darbara Singh, Health Inspector and Mrs Gagan, in charge, Raji Memorial Hospital were also present.

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