Since she was confident of getting admission through general counselling she opted out of special counselling

An act of selflessness by a medical aspirant on Monday warmed the hearts of all who witnessed it.
At the Government multi-super speciality hospital in Omandurar Estate, where counselling for the academic session 2016-17 began for special category on Monday, a candidate gave up her medical seat in Madras Medical College for her friend and classmate.

K. Varshini, with a cut-off of 199 marks and N. Janani with 198.75 marks, were ranked first and second respectively in the ex-servicemen category. Since Janani had applied under ‘Other Communities’ category and wanted to study at the Madras Medical College with her friend Varshini, the latter gave up her seat for Janani.

Varshini, who belonged to the BC category, was confident of getting a seat in MMC through general counselling and opted out of special counselling.

Janani said, “I have got 1,181 marks and wanted to study in MMC. Because Varshini gave up her seat I got it. She is a good friend.”

“We follow an educational system that provides a competitive environment for students to compete with each other for marks. However, we also inculcate social values in them so as to promote harmony and tolerance. The gesture shows that the current generation of students are not inferior to anyone in giving importance to values too,” said K. Thulasidhasan, principal of SRV School in Samayapuram.

Medical Education Selection Secretary G. Selvarajan said, “I am told that generally students with high scores whose chances of getting into a college of their choice are very high are approached with such requests. In this case, the candidates were known to each other,” he said.

A total of 70 seats are reserved under the physically challenged category. On Monday, all the seven seats in the sports category were allotted as also the five medical seats and one dental seat in the ex-servicemen category. Under the physically disabled category, 60 students were allotted seats.

At the end of counselling on Monday 2,250 seats remained vacant.

(With C. Jaisankar in Tiruchi)

First phase of general counselling begins on Tuesday for MBBS, BDS seats in the State

Source :  The Hindu , 21st June 2016