The state joint entrance board will next year hold online counselling to admit students into medical colleges based on their ranks in the National Eligibility Entrance Test.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the board attended by representatives of the higher education and health departments on Wednesday. The Medical Council of India had conceived of the single entrance test for MBBS courses across the country to spare students the hassle of writing multiple entrance tests.
The state government, after giving its nod for the common entrance test on October 8, began a hunt for a body to conduct online counselling for admission to 11 medical colleges in the state. The state joint entrance board, which conducted online counselling for admission to engineering courses this year, has been asked by the higher education department if it could hold counselling for medical seats as well.
“It was decided unanimously that the board would conduct online counselling for both medical and engineering seats from next year. The board has the expertise for conducting such counselling,” said an official of the higher education department.
“If government gives us the responsibility, we are ready to hold counselling,” Bhaskar Gupta, the chairman of the board told Metro.
According to department officials, the board will liaise with CBSE, which will hold the common entrance test on May 5 next year, to get the ranks of candidates.
“There would be two pools of candidates — domicile and non-domicile — whom the board would counsel. Eighty-five per cent of the seats in the state medical colleges would be reserved for students from the state who have cracked the common test. The rest would be reserved for students from outside the state who have made it to the merit list,” said an official.
The medical council has agreed to set the common test papers in Bengali, apart from English and Hindi.