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Trouble in Veterinary University of Punjab

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:05 pm
by vet
09Aug2006: First year into operations and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University seems to be under heavy scrutiny, especially from its neighbouring university.

The latest point of discussion is the admission process of the veterinary university. The complainants, who do not want to be identified, allege that the GADVASU has blatantly violated the rules of the Veterinary Council of India to favour a few students.

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Vice-Chancellor D.S. Bains, however, rubbishes the charges. The complainants say that as per the first admission advertisement released by the university, it was to fill 20 NRI/NRI-sponsored/industry-sponsored/farmer-sponsored seats, 40 general seats and 8 ICAR nominations. In short, a total of 68 seats have been approved by VCI for the university which, has now taken 110 students. It is the sponsored quota which has come into scrutiny. ‘‘GADVASU threw open its NRI quota for all, even for those who had failed in the entrance test. At present, they have admitted 53 students in this quota against the sanctioned 20 seats; some of the students of this quota have as few as six marks in the entrance test. The student with the highest marks in this category has 48.25 marks while with the lowest has 6.63 marks. The VCI rules clearly state that candidates to be admitted should have at least 50 per cent marks each in the entrance test and the Plus Two medical examinations.’’

When contacted, V-C D.S. Bains said, ‘‘We have been following the VCI rules diligently. It is not for the first time that the number of seats has been increased. Last year, when the veterinary college was part of PAU, K.S. Aulakh had got approval for increasing the seats from the academic council. Our aim is to fill up as many seats as possible for at present we are short of 200 vets in the state, and over the years, if we continue with the same number of seats, this gap between demand and supply will increase.’’

When asked about compromising the academic excellence, on which Bains has been laying stress, by admitting students with low marks, the V-C said, ‘‘These students have very good marks in Plus Two. In entrance test, we have negative marking, so we cannot say that a student with six marks is just worth that. He must have lost some of his marks due to negative marking. At the same time, we should not forget that it is these NRI quota students who pay a much higher fees than regular students, ensuring a good corpus fund for the university which will be beneficial for all students in the long run.’’