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More than 99 per cent BDS seats remain vacant in Chhattisgarh this year

RAIPUR: With only three of 350 seats for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) courses being filled for the ensuing academic year, an unprecedented 99.14% vacancy exists in dental colleges in Chhattisgarh.

As counselling for BDS courses ended on Monday, there were virtually no takers for the 347 available seats, including 97 in Government Dental College. Besides, the state has quota of 250 seats, 50 seats each in the five private dental colleges.

According to officials, there are 500 seats in five private dental colleges, 100 each in CG Dental College and Research Institute, Rajnandgaon, Maitri College of Dentistry and Research Centre and Rungta College of Dental Sciences and Research in Durg, New Horizon Dental College and Research Institute, Bilaspur and Triveni Institute of Dental Sciences Hospital and Research Centre in Bilaspur. Of these 50% (250) are for reserved for admissions by the government. With another 100 seats in Government Dental College, Raipur, the total number of BDS seats in state is 350.

Though the response for admissions to the government quota seats in private colleges has been extremely low in the state for the past couple of years, it is for that first time that 97 seats have remained vacant.

In 2012 and 2013, while all the BDS seats in the Government Dental College were filled, majority of the 250 quota seats in private colleges, 230 and 242 respectively, remained vacant.

Officials attributed the poor response to government's decision of not holding a separate entrance Pre Medical Test (PMT). All the admissions this year have been done through the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT).

According to officials, about 15,000 to 20,000 students from the state had appeared for AIPMT and only 760 students qualified.

Of these, many with good rankings have opted for medical colleges outside the state and about 535 of them have been absorbed in the available 550 MBBS seats in the six (Raipur, Bilaspur, Jagadalpur, Rajnandgaon and Durg) medical colleges in Chhattisgarh, leaving almost none for the BDS courses.