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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Drop proposal to reintroduce NEET: Jaya to PM NEW INDIAN EXPRESS REPORT

Drop proposal to reintroduce NEET: Jaya to PM NEW INDIAN EXPRESS REPORT

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to drop the Centre's move to reintroduce NEET and abide by the Supreme Court ruling, quashing the test for undergraduate and post graduate medical and dental courses.

Welcoming the judgement, she said it had finally brought to an end a long pending and vexatious issue relating to a policy by which students aspiring for medical and dental seats at UG and PG levels had to go through the 'agony' of an uncertain selection process which militated against their interest and the interests of Tamil Nadu.

"The majority judgement has rightly upheld all the valid objections raised by Tamil Nadu along with the contentions of the other petitioners. This judgement of the Honourable Supreme Court has been widely welcomed", she said in a letter to Singh

However, instead of abiding by the judgement, a statement by union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad indicated that the Centre may move the Apex Court for a review of the judgement.

"This has again created confusion and frustration in the minds of thousands of students of Tamil Nadu who have already been covered by a fair and transparent admission policy laid down by the Government of Tamil Nadu which has been working well", she said.

"Tamil Nadu strongly objects to any such fresh purported attempts by the Centre to seek a review of the judgement of the Supreme Court and efforts for reintroduction of NEET in any manner as it infringes upon the States rights and admission policies to medical institutions in Tamil Nadu", she said.

"The reported move of the Union Health Minister in seeking to file a review petition before the Supreme Court of India to reintroduce NEET should be immediately dropped. The Government of India should accept the decision of the Supreme Court without seeking a review", she said.

Recalling her previous letters to Singh expressing opposition to introduction of NEET, Jayalalithaa said the Tamil Nadu government had taken a number of deliberative steps from 2005, culminating in abolition of the Common Entrance Exam for professional under graduate courses in the state.

"A large number of socially and economically backward meritorious rural students have benefited by the decision to abolish the Common Entrance Test in the State", she said.

She noted that Tamil Nadu followed the policy of upholding social justice by 69 per cent reservation for Backward and Most Backward Communities and Scheduled Castes and Tribes in professional courses.

"The introduction of a Common Entrance Test such as NEET would have created confusion and a plethora of litigations and confounded the smooth implementation of this reservation policy, both in under graduate and postgraduate medical and dental admissions in Tamil Nadu", she said.

Introduction of NEET would confound the implementation of these policy initiatives and socio-economic objectives of the State, "since we would have to fall in line with the regulations of the national test, which did not have such enabling provisions", she said.


"The national test would be out of tune with the prevailing socio-economic milieu and administrative requirements of Tamil Nadu", she said.

Vacant postgraduate medical seats still not given to state

Vacant postgraduate medical seats still not given to state



With over 1,600 seats lying vacant for the post-graduate medical and dental courses under the 50% All India quota, at the end of the third round of counselling, the vacant seats still haven’t been sent to the state quota, leaving post-graduate aspirants in the state in the lurch.

After a petition was filed in the Supreme Court on July 3, 2013, to grant permission for a fourth round of counseling to fill up the vacancies under the allI ndia quota, the students who couldn't make it in the first three rounds had pinned their hopes on the transfer of these seats.

"The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had earlier announced that the list of vacant positions will be declared on July 25, following which I went to the office everyday till July 28, only to be disappointed with no list," said Dr. Jayesh Bamkar, a PG aspirant.

According to a notification on the DMER website, the date for display of final vacancies available for personal counseling was July 28, 2013.

However, the dates were cancelled, since final verdict on round 4 is still pending.

The specially constituted Medical Counseling Committee had announced that the seats will be transferred to state quota only after the Supreme Court verdict, which is likely to be announced on Tuesday.

"We are still waiting for the verdict and so our earlier time tables have been cancelled.

It’s a policy issue and it will be clear only after we hear from the Supreme Court, said Dr. Pravin Shingare, Director, DMER.

The transfer of seats from All India Quota allows students a higher state rank and prospects of getting a seat become brighter.

“The legal hassles surrounding medical admissions have become a real problem. The dearth of PG seats makes the situation worse," said Bamkar.

The campaign, which started in Bengaluru, will also works towards including the one year compulsory rural posting, without which graduate doctors cannot apply for a post graduate degree, as a part of the internship period.

“By having a separate year for rural postings, the education period of doctors is extended by another year. We want the government to include it as a part of the internship programmes,” said Dr. Shetty.

Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats: Devi Shetty

Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats: Devi Shetty




The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) have written to the Ministry of Health demanding equalisation of medical seats in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses.

At a press conference on Monday, AHPI treasurer Dr Devi Shetty said the number of UG seats were likely to reach the 50,000 mark from the current 45,600, while there were only 12,000 PG seats that most doctors preferred to choose.

“It is a sad plight that nearly two lakh young doctors in our country, at the peak of their youth, spend quite a few years in coaching classes mugging multiple choice questions rather than treating patients and learning the art of healing.

These doctors, under the right circumstances, can significantly improve the quality of healthcare. Every Indian household once dreamed of making their child a doctor, but today, it is considered as a costly and tedious process,” he said.

As part of a ‘Save the Doctor’ campaign, the two associations, along with a large number of medical students, have sought that rural posting be made a part of internship and postgraduate training.

“Pursuing a PG course in any stream of medicine is essential for a doctor to become a specialist such as a gynaecologist, neurologist, surgeon, radiologist and so on. Today, India lacks specialist doctors due to the less number of PG seats in medical institutions.

Though India has the largest number of medical institutions, the disparity in the number of seats allotted for PG and UG students and the mandatory rural posting are affecting young doctors and they end up spending 13 years merely studying. 

This also means that the future of our healthcare system is at a huge risk if things continue to remain the way they are. As senior specialist doctors/ surgeons retire, there will be a dearth of specialist doctors and surgeons in the country,” Shetty said.

Dr Narendra Saini, secretary-general, IMA, said, “The Indian Medical Association supports rural posting. But in the present situation, making it compulsory is not feasible because there is no structured posting in rural areas. Every PG student must do six months of rural posting as part of their course/ internship.”

“Every medical officer during his/her tenure is entitled to at least 4-5 promotions. For every promotion, one-year rural posting can be made mandatory.”

The doctors referred to the World Health Statistics which has pointed out that India has 0.9 beds per 1,000 people, which is way below the global average beds of 2.9 beds.

Shetty added that recalling of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test was unfortunate. He said the Supreme Court’s decision on scrapping the single extrance examination had demoralised students who did not want to attend multiple exams.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Health Ministry wants a review of SC order on common med test

Health Ministry wants a review of SC order on common med test


REPORT IN ECONOMIC TIMES



NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry wants a review of the Supreme Court judgement on common admission exam for all medical courses in the country and has written to the Law Ministry for its opinion on the matter. 

After consulting legal experts, the Health Ministry feels it should challenge the apex court verdict on NEET based on contention of the third judge who gave the dissent note, the sources said. 

The Ministry is awaiting the Law Ministry's reply before initiating further steps in this regard. The Law Ministry is expected to seek the advice of Attorney General on the matter before taking a final view on the issue. A review can be sought within 30 days of the verdict. 

The Supreme Court had on July 18 quashed the Medical Council of India's (MCI's) notification calling for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medicine, dentistry and postgraduate medical courses, saying that the organisation didn't have the right to do so. 

The Health Ministry has written to the Law Ministry recommending for seeking a review of the SC order along with its comments which are based on the stand taken by Justice Anil R Dave in his dissent note that favoured the common test as it was not only legal but also a boon for students aspiring to join the medical profession. 

The decision to seek a review was taken after consultations with senior officials of the Ministry and approved by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. 

Azad had earlier said that legal recourse to the SC order is the only option available as the apex court order will create difficulties for students aspiring for medical degrees. 

An "upset" Azad had contended that the court order will lead to problems for those aspiring for medical degrees, as students across the country now have to run from pillar to post and sit in different examinations but still they are left with limited options. 


He had said that a lot of time and money has been wasted in holding the NEET which would have proved a boon for students who would have to give just one examination for admission to medical colleges.

Friday, July 26, 2013

POSSIBILITY OF FOURTH ROUND OF NEET


                                                                     Notice

Regarding Non-Transfer of vacant All India Quota seats (Session
2013) to State Quota seats
Please refer to Directorate General of Health Services letter dated
08.07.2013 (copy may be seen below), as per the directions of the
Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 03.07.2013 in Writ Petition (Civil) no. 433
of 2013,
“……..In the meanwhile, the respondent States and Union
Territories (Respondent no. 3 to 24) will not fill up the Post Graduate
Medical seats belonging to the All India Quota”
.
The copy of the order dated 03.07.2013 and 19.07.2013 may be seen
below.
In view of the d
irection of the Hon’ble Supreme Court the vacant All
India Quota seats shall not be reverted to State Govt./ Quota till further
orders of
the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

NEW IMPORTANT NOTICE IN MCC SITE.VERDICT EXPECTED ON MONDAY

Friday, July 19, 2013

REVIEW PETITION BY GOVERNMENT AGAIN

Government to file review plea on SC order on common medical entrance


New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry will be filing a review petition on Supreme Court order on common medical entrance examination. The apex court on Thursday quashed the common medical entrance - National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) - for admission to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in medical colleges.
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had said on Thursday that he was upset with the verdict. Top Health Ministry officials had also sought legal opinion on filing a review petition on the order.
Students seeking to pursue medical courses will now have to sit for separate examinations for private universities and colleges and shell out a big amount before taking admissions.
Over seven lakh students took the NEET in 2013 for the under graduate courses conducted by CBSE on behalf of Medical Council of India (MCI).
With the apex court quashing the notification issued by MCI for holding NEET, the long-standing proposal of the Health Ministry to hold a common entrance test for all medical colleges has also been brought to a notice. The Health Ministry had started the process of holding NEET for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses in 2009.
The Supreme Court in its order on Thursday scrapped holding of NEET, paving the way for private colleges to conduct their own examination.
The NEET has been dogged by controversies all along when some states earlier objected to holding of the exam only in one language and sought its holding in different regional languages.
Some states also opted out of the all-India quota, while private universities and colleges opposed to the government proposal sought more time to prepare themselves for the all- India exam. They later challenged the MCI notification in the apex court.
Meanwhile, online counselling process for MBBS admissions on the basis of NEET exam is underway and the first round result under the all-India quota would be out on July 20, while the counselling process for the state quotas would be completed by August 2.

No quota for faculty posts in super speciality medical courses: SC

No quota for faculty posts in super speciality medical courses: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that there can be no reservation in appointment for faculty posts in speciality and super speciality courses in medical colleges including the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). 

A five-judge constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said it cannot take a contrary view expressed in 1992 by a nine-judge bench in the Indra Sawhney case, also known as the Mandal case, that there could be no compromise with merit at the super speciality stage. 

"We cannot take a different view, even though it has been suggested that such an observation (of Mandal verdict) was not binding, being obiter in nature. 

"We cannot ascribe to such a view since the very concept of reservation implies mediocrity and we will have to take note of the caution indicated in Indra Sawhney's case," the bench also comprising justices S S Nijjar, Ranjan Gogoi, M Y Eqbal and Vikramajit Sen said in a unanimous judgement. 

Referring to various judgements including that of the Mandal case, it said, "We impress upon the Central and State Governments to take appropriate steps in accordance with the views expressed in Indra Sawhney's case and in this case, as also the other decisions referred to above, keeping in mind the provisions of Article 335 (claims of SC/ST to service and posts) of the Constitution." 

The Faculty Association had contended that there cannot be any reservation for faculty posts to speciality and super speciality faculty courses in AIIMS. 


AIIMS and the Centre had however taken a contrary stand and had pleaded that the reservation be given to SC/STs and Backward classes candidates in appointment to assistant professors and other senior posts in speciality and super speciality courses. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ex-MCI chief: SC ruling unfortunate

Ex-MCI chief: SC ruling unfortunate

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court decision to scrap National Eligibility-cum-Entrance-Test (NEET) - the single window admission route for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses - has come under a scathing criticism from several academicians including Dr SK Sarin, the ex-chairman of the board of governors of Medical Council of India (MCI). Sarin, one of the key persons behind the reformist move, has termed the apex court verdict as an unfortunate and regressive step. 

"While I have full faith in the judiciary and respect the NEET verdict, I think it is a bit unfortunate. The decision takes away all our efforts to streamline the admission process. We are back to square one," the former MCI chief told TOI. 

Sarin was appointed as the head of the MCI board of governors in May 2010. "Implementation of NEET was one of the key decisions taken during my tenure. The Supreme Court itself gave a go-ahead to the proposal in December 2010 following which a gazette notification was issued for its implementation," he said. The examinations were conducted for both UG and PG courses under NEET format recently; thus doing away with the need to appear for separate tests for the autonomous institutions, state and privately-run medical colleges. 

Sarin said that NEET was born after due diligence and consultation with all stakeholders including the various secondary boards - CBSE, ICSE, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Board, and the representatives of more than 300 government and private medical colleges. "There was near unanimity among all over the need for a common exam. Subsequently, the health ministry entrusted the CBSE and the National Board of Examinations for undergraduate and post-graduate courses respectively to conduct the exams," Sarin, a renowned gastroenterologist and current head of the Delhi-based Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) said. 

Experts say appearing for multiple tests spend lot of money which includes the cost of form, which range from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000, amount spent on travelling, and there is also a variation in the examination pattern. 


"When there can be a common entrance exam for engineering -AIEEE - why not for medical courses?" Sarin said. The Sarin-led MCI had also put forward a proposal to start the licentiate examination to assess standards for an Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) under its 'Vision 2015' initiative. It aimed to assess the minimum defined standards for a doctor passing out from any of the medical colleges in the country. It is yet to be implemented.

Medical students upset by repeated exam changes

Medical students upset by repeated exam changes
MUMBAI: Lakhs of medical aspirants in the country are left facing mid-course changes in their preparations after the Supreme Court decided to quash the single-window National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

Rajlaxmi Iyer, a class XII student in Mumbai, said, "Last year, there were apprehensions about whether Maharashtra will adopt NEET. Months after it was accepted, the test has got cancelled. Most students start preparing for entrance examinations in class XI. We will now have to make major adjustments to our preparation methods."

Students in Maharashtra are also upset because NEET was based on NCERT syllabus of classes XI and XII, whereas the state's MHT-CET is based on state board curriculum of class XII. Although the state board too has adopted most of NCERT course outline, the syllabus for NEET was more extensive. So, many pupils spent months studying topics that may no longer be important for the admission process.

"The government should stop experimenting on students and study all the legalities before implementing any new system," said a parent. Added Aakash Chaudhry, director of Aakash Educational Services: "Students have to go through unnecessary stress due to such changes."

Chirag Shah, a postgraduate student, had to undergo a testing time this year with the implementation of NEET for PG admissions. "The court case delayed our entrance test results by three months, in turn delaying admissions," said Shah.

Another student said a uniform test is the only way to ensure a fair admission process: "Seats in PG courses are often sold for crores, which could have been avoided with a centralised process."

A section of educationists too were dismayed by the verdict. Dr Vivek Korde, president and founder of the Forum Against Commercialisation of Education, said the decision means that "students will have to take multiple entrance tests. Also, as in the past, private colleges will have a free run and we may see a lot of malpractice in selection processes".

The state government, however, claimed that they benefited with NEET's implementation. Minister of state for medical education D P Sawant maintained that more students qualified for medical and dental seats in the state through NEET as compared to MHT-CET. Nevertheless, after the apex court order, the state will have to go back to its original testing process.


Pravin Shingare, director, directorate of medical education and research, said the notification for next year's CET will be out in eight days. "There will not be any change in the MHT-CET exam. The pattern will remain the same as the ones before 2013."

PG admissions to be based on MBBS marks

PG admissions to be based on MBBS marks

AHMEDABAD: Students seeking postgraduate admissions in medicine have been stuck in a web of confusion. There was considerable uncertainty about how the Gujarat government would go ahead with the admission procedure. The state had previously decided to use the National Eligibility Examination Test (NEET) for admission to PG courses.

PG admissions will now be determined by assigning 25 per cent weightage each to first and second year MBBS and 50 per cent weightage to final MBBS exam results. Officials said that the Gujarat government should have conducted its own examination and had held NEET results in abeyance. On the other hand, the state, hoping that the NEET would be cleared, did not conduct its own admission test.

The authorities were unsure whether to conduct a fresh examination or go ahead with the old merit system. Officials said that one group of students wanted the admissions to be conducted through the NEET, while another group wanted a merit list of the marks scored in MBBS examination.

Health minister Nitin Patel said, "We are yet to study the Supreme Court judgment in detail. We have prima facie decided to go ahead with the old system for medical admissions."'

Meritorious students said that they fear that admission based on MBBS marks will give certain undeserving students undue advantage over them. This was because those who ranked in the MBBS examination were not even close to being rankers in the NEET. This old system will ensure that children of doctors and influential persons will get admission while deserving candidates will be left out, said one student.


Bharat Shah of BJ Medical College said that the government does not have enough time now to conduct an entrance test for admission. "We are left with no other option but to admit students only on the basis of merit marks in MBBS courses," he said.

NEET may be bad in law but it is good in intent

NEET may be bad in law but it is good in intent

Supreme Court ruling is silent on whether a body other than the Medical Council of India can conduct a uniform entrance test for medical colleges

The Supreme Court, two judges to one, has quashed the Medical Council of India’s move to conduct a National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). As per this order, no admissions to medical and dental colleges can be made via NEET.

As a result, about 90, 000 aspirants for medical seats will continue to take multiple examinations, and, pay lakhs as capitation for medical seats in private colleges. The Court has however stated that admissions already made via NEET will not be affected by this order.

The Judges’ rationale, we learn from initial reports, was that the Medical Council Act did not give the Council powers to conduct exams, it can only frame guidelines for doing so.

While it seems that the judges have not questioned the innate unfairness of having one common entrance exam when the Central Institutes had already quietly opted out of NEET, the judgment has found support in many States.

Tamil Nadu was among the first few States to oppose the conduct of NEET. Subsequently, as the Central Institutes, AIIMS and PGI, stayed out of NEET, conducting their own entrance examinations and admitting students, the chorus of dissent against NEET grew more vociferous.

Soon, the National Board of Examinations, which awards the DNB qualification, also conducted its own examinations.

In effect, then, it turned out that what was not good enough for the Central Institutes was considered good enough for the States. Naturally, the States objected; slowly, their voices grew louder. A number of cases were filed across the country by medical institutions and States objecting to the implementation of NEET. States also reasoned that they would have to have a control on PG admissions if they were to be able to retain professionals in the State's medical services cadre.

Thus, the original concept of having one common exam that would help students seek admission in medical colleges across the country, was frustrated. And that is when NEET became unfeasible, impractical. The original intent -- to save students the bother of writing multiple exams across locations, of having the same standard to judge applicants by -- failed after subsequent exceptions.

In its original form, NEET would have ensured a transparent admission process. It could have been the best tool to put an end to the huge overcharging for medical seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities. The scarcity of seats in the medical sector has led to private medical colleges charging up to Rs. 80 lakh as capitation fees, and about Rs. 9 lakh fees per annum. It is in its failure to fix this situation that the biggest disappointment of NEET lies.

Since the judges have decided to ignore the pressing question of inequalities, another pertinent issue arises out of the ashes of this NEET. If the Medical Council of India cannot conduct examinations, as the judgment has indicated, can NEET be restored by assigning this task to some other institution? Such an institution may not exist today, but if the Union government iand its policymakers are intent on NEET, the creation of a separate body to conduct examinations is neither impossible, nor difficult. The question is, will they?

Perhaps, we have not heard the last yet on NEET.

NEET verdict: health ministry seeks legal opinion to file review petition

NEET verdict: health ministry seeks legal opinion to file review petition


The Union health ministry has sought legal opinion on whether it can file a review petition on the Supreme Court order quashing common entrance test for admission to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in medical colleges.

Top health ministry officials on Thursday discussed the Supreme Court order and asked for legal opinion before initiating further action on the matter, sources said.

Students seeking to pursue medical courses will now have to sit for separate examinations for private universities and colleges and shell out a big amount before taking admissions. Over seven lakh students took the National Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test (NEET) this year for the under graduate courses conducted by CBSE on behalf of Medical Council of India (MCI).

With the apex court quashing the notification issued by MCI for holding NEET, the long-standing proposal of the Health Ministry to hold a common entrance test for all medical colleges has also been brought to a nought.

The health ministry had started the process of holding NEET for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses in 2009.

The Supreme Court in its order today scrapped holding of NEET, paving the way for private colleges to conduct their own examination.

The NEET has been dogged by controversies all along when some states earlier objected to holding of the exam only in one language and sought its holding in different regional languages.

Some states also opted out of the all-India quota, while private universities and colleges opposed to the government proposal sought more time to prepare themselves for the all- India exam. They later challenged the MCI notification in the apex court.

Meanwhile, online counselling process for MBBS admissions on the basis of NEET exam is underway and the first round result under the all-India quota would be out on July 20, while the counselling process for the state quotas would be completed by August 2.

Guidelines for candidates who have deposited their Original documents/certificates in the Medical College/Institute

Guidelines for candidates who have deposited their 
Original documents/certificates in the Medical College/Institute where they are undergoing MD/MS/Diploma training

Candidates who have deposited their original documents and certificates in the Medical 
College/Institute where they are undergoing MD/MS/Diploma training shall be allowed to 
participate in the second round of counseling subject to fulfilment of all of the following 
criteria. 
a) Certificate in ORIGINAL from the Competent Authority that the original documents are 
deposited at the concerned Medical College/Institute as per prescribed format. 
b) The candidate allotted a confirmed seat has to deposit a caution money of 
Rs. 50,000/- in the form of Demand Draft drawn in favour of National Board of 
Examinations, payable at New Delhi, on the day of counseling at the counseling 
venue itself. This will be refundable fully to the candidate upon his/her joining the seat 
after opting for the confirmed seat. 
c) The candidate allotted a confirmed DNB seat has to sign a resignation letter on the 
spot addressed to his/her present training Medical College/Institute which shall be 
immediately sent to the Medical College/Institute. 
d) The seat allotted to the candidate will be purely provisional subject to the production 
of original documents by the candidate. The seat allotment letter to such candidates 
will be issued only after the production of original documents furnished by the 
candidate at NBE Dwarka office. Candidates unable to produce their original 
documents (as prescribed) within 10 days of allotment of seat will not be allowed to 

join DNB course and their caution money shall be forfeited

DNB SECOND ROUND COUNSELLING REVISED SCHEDULE

DNB SECOND ROUND COUNSELLING REVISED SCHEDULE

DNB SECOND ROUND REVISED SCHEDULE FROM AUGUST 1ST TO AUGUST 7TH.

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·         List of Documents Required for Counseling: Candidates have to bring the following documents IN ORIGINAL. In addition, candidates are also required to bring certified photocopies of the documents mentioned at S.No. (i) to (xi).  Certified photocopies have to be submitted to NBE at the time of verification of documents:

          i.          Rank Letter downloaded from NBE website www.natboard.edu.in 
         ii.          DNB CET Result Certificate (November 2012) downloaded from NBE website www.natboard.edu.in 
        iii.          MBBS Degree certificate/Provisional Pass Certificate of MBBS*
       iv.          Permanent Registration certificate issued by MCI/State Medical Council for registration of MBBS qualification.
        v.          Proof of MBBS Qualification being recognized as per IMC Act/Central Government.
       vi.          Internship Completion Certificate (internship completion date must be on or before 31st January 2013).
      vii.          Mark sheets of all MBBS Professional Examinations.
     viii.          Matriculation/High School/Higher Secondary Certificate as a proof of Date of Birth.
       ix.          SC/ST/PWD/OBC certificate issued by competent authority, if applicable. Caste certificate must be issued by competent authority. The sub-caste should tally with the central Govt. list.
        x.          Any document (Bonafide certificate/Mark sheet/Attempt Certificate etc issued by concerned institution/medical college) confirming the name of the institution/medical college from where the MBBS qualification was pursued.
       xi.          Any other relevant certificate or document.

*Provisional certificate of MBBS Qualification is permissible only for those candidates who had passed the MBBS Qualification in the year 2012.
If the candidate has passed MBBS Qualification before 2012 and the MBBS degree certificate has not been issued to him/her so far by the concerned university/Board, documentary evidence to this effect in form of a letter from competent authority of respective university/Board is to be furnished at the time of counseling.


If a candidate is employed or under any kind of bond, he/she has to furnish a ‘No Objection Certificate or/and Relieving letter’ issued by competent authority of concerned University /Employer before the cut off date prescribed to join the DNB course in case he/she decides to opt for a confirmed seat. The seat allotment letter to such candidates will be issued only after a copy of ‘No Objection Certificate or/and relieving letter’ is submitted to NBE.

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SC verdict on admission to medical colleges evokes mixed response

SC verdict on admission to medical colleges evokes mixed response

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions into all medical and dental colleges. The apex court ruled that the Medical Council of India cannot conduct a unified examination.
While some members of the medical fraternity welcomed the judgement, others said that the issue of shortage of seats in medical colleges should be addressed along with maintaining the quality of education.
Cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty, who was also the member of the Medical Council of India when NEET was conceptualised, said the intention behind the move was to have a common entrance examination so that students do not need to run around the country. "We did not want a common admission process. The country can not let that happen. The purpose was to reduce the misuse," he said.
 
He added that there is corruption in admissions in private colleges as there is an acute shortage of medical seats. Private colleges have the right to conduct exams as they invest so much, he said.
Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka CEO S Srikanth said, "What is important is the quality of medical education. The admissions are mostly based on money factor and not the merit factor."
Senior lawyer Harish Salve said there is a need to fix the standard of every university. "Instead of having limitations, why not promote opening of more universities. There are malpractices because of shortage of medical seats," he said.
He also asked, "Why can't India have enough seats so that entire manipulation business comes to an end?"
Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that when it had become clear that private colleges are admitting the students by admitting bribes,then it was open for the MCI to come up with a common entrance test to lay down uniform standard.
There was a mixed reaction among students as some were happy with the verdict while others said NEET was more transparent.

One of the students said now at least there is some clarity regarding what type of examination will be conducted. "But NEET still would have been better as it would have improved the standard of medical education in the country," he said.
Another student was disappointed with the verdict and said, "For four months, we were preparing for NEET, now we have to prepare differently for our exams."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

REPORT OF CNN ON NEET VERDICT

SC quashes common entrance test for admission to medical colleges


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions into all medical and dental colleges. The apex court ruled that the Medical Council of India cannot conduct a unified examination.
The bench of Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir, Justices Vikramajeet Sen and Anil Dave gave a split verdict on the issue. While Justices Kabir and Sen ruled against MCI's single entrance exam, Justice Anil Dave was in favour of the examination.
The apex court ruled that private medical colleges will conduct their own entrance examination through their associations while the states and Central government will conduct their own tests.
The apex court dealt with the legal aspect and said the MCI can regulate rules for standardisation of excellence in education but cannot conduct a unified examination.
The NEET judgement also stand for those institutes that did not conduct any examination.
CEO Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka S Srikanth said, "What is important is the quality of medical education. The admissions are mostly based on money factor and not the merit factor."
In an interim order passed in May this year, the apex court had directed the MCI and all private colleges to start their admission process, as per the old guidelines where the MCI, state governments and private colleges conduct their separate exams.
Aspiring medicos have been arguing that a single NEET will make the admission process simpler and more transparent. A sting operation conducted by CNN-IBN in April this year, however, had exposed how private medical colleges were illegally selling medical seats for crores of rupees.

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Supreme Court quashes common entrance exam for admission in medical colleges

New Delhi: The ambiguity over the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) ended on Thursday when the Supreme Court quashed the validity of the common entrance exam. 

In its ruling, the apex court said that Medical Council of India cannot conduct unified examination for courses. 

The NEET was proposed to decide the process for admissions into all medical and dental courses. 



The medical education standoff started with Medical Council of India’s decision to conduct the first-ever common entrance examination, the NEET, for admission to MBBS and post-graduate courses in medicine as well as dental courses. The proposal was, however, opposed by the private medical and dental colleges and they moved the apex court. 

In an interim order, the SC had directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) and all private colleges to start their admission process, as per the old guidelines where the MCI, state governments and private colleges conduct their separate exams. 


A large section of aspiring medicos did back NEET, arguing that NEET will make the admission process simpler and more transparent. 

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Doctors come to blows over PG quota counselling

Doctors come to blows over PG quota counselling


Doctors serving in the Punjab Civil Medical Services and Rural Medical Officers virtually came to blows today at the Baba Farid University in Faridkot where counselling to 60 per cent of the PG quota seats began this morning.

Heated arguments between the two groups of doctors resulted in the BFU admission committee delaying the counselling by several hours. The PCMS doctors were demanding that BFU should not give the benefit of extra marks to the other set of doctors for the years of service put in rural areas.

The arguments continued till the university authorities decided that neither the PCMS doctors nor the rural doctors would be given any benefit of additional marks for the number of years of service.

The Rural Medical Service Association president Dr Aslam Parvez said the decision of the BFU authorities to not give the benefit of additional marks to anyone will mean that many of their members who had served in rural areas for years will not get a seat. "For every year served in rural areas an additional mark is added to the overall merit. We were denied this benefit," he said.

SC to give final verdict on medical eligibility and entrance examination today

SC to give final verdict on medical eligibility and entrance examination today


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday is expected to deliver its final verdict on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which will decide the process for admissions into all medical and dental courses.
In an interim order passed in May this year, the apex court had directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) and all private colleges to start their admission process, as per the old guidelines where the MCI, state governments and private colleges conduct their separate exams.
Aspiring medicos have been arguing that a single NEET will make the admission process simpler and more transparent. A sting operation conducted by CNN-IBN in April this year, however, had exposed how private medical colleges were illegally selling medical seats for crores of rupees.
The Supreme Court's impending verdict has also caused immense confusion amongst students as the counselling dates were announced almost a month after the results were out and most of the colleges were waiting for the verdict.
The medical education standoff started with the MCI proposing a common entrance test for MBBS, Dental and PG Medical courses. The proposal was, however, opposed by the private medical and dental colleges and they moved the apex court. The court then ordered the MCI to conduct NEET and also allowed all states and private colleges to conduct their entrance exams but asked them not to declare results till the verdict is pronounced.
Most of the students believe that an all-India common entrance examination will streamline the entire admission process and make it more transparent.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Junior doctors to go on strike from July 22

Junior doctors to go on strike from July 22


Junior doctors have threatened to go on strike from July 22, opposing the  orders that the fee from PG medical students be collected for the first year and colleges may obtain bank guarantee for the remaining period of the course.

The AP Junior Doctors’ Association served a strike notice on health minister Kondru Murali in his chamber at the Secretariat here on Tuesday.

Junior doctors are also opposing other contents of GO No. Ms 93 issued on July 1. The GO says that colleges can collect the stipend amount equivalent to the total stipend payable for the period of the course at the time of admission from the candidates admitted to PG medical colleges.

AP Junior Doctors Association general secretary Phani Maheswar Reddy said that they would boycott duties from July 22 if the government did not accept their demands. 

He said private colleges were collecting Rs 10 lakh fee for the three-year course from  merit students at the time of admission and poor students could not pay the entire fee at one go. The stipend system too was not fair as the government was collecting money from students and paying the same to students.

Junior doctors also opposed the government’s permission to colleges to fill seats under the management quota if merit students did not come forward to join the course. They also demanded that all teaching hospitals be upgraded to the status of NIMS and all government employees and public representatives from Class-4 to the chief minister should get treatment only at government hospitals.

They said they were ready work in tribal areas life long, provided the government appointed them as government doctors on  permanent basis.

No plan yet for mandatory rural stint for doctors

No plan yet for mandatory rural stint for doctors
HYDERABAD: The year-long mandatory rural stint for post graduate medical students has no plan in place yet again for the second consecutive year, doctors alleged.

Junior doctors after meeting health minister Kondru Murali Mohan on Tuesday said there are still no guidelines specifying clearly whether they will be given postings in their own area of specialisation, besides accommodation and other facilities at the place of posting.

"In such a scenario both doctors and patients would suffer. Imagine an ophthalmologist who is trained to treat eye problems is made to conduct deliveries. We want the government to first bring out the guidelines. We have given the government a week's time to consider our demand failing which we will boycott duties," said Dr G Aditya, a junior doctor representative.

The medicos are said to have told the health minister that instead of giving one-year postings, the government should consider regular recruitment as they are willing to work in rural areas.

In what appears to be a mammoth task for the health department, nearly 2,500 post graduates and diploma holders would be embarking on their year-long rural stint this year (as against last year's 343 medicos) to provide healthcare services in the state-run healthcare facilities in the peripheries that have largely remained ill equipped to handle even basic healthcare needs of the rural population.

Medicos also complained that it has been two months since results have been announced but the government was yet to give them postings.

Furthermore, medicos said as per a recent GO issued by the government, the private college managements are collecting the total stipend amount payable for the period of the course at the time of admission from the candidate admitted.


"The stipend amount totals to about Rs 7.2 lakh for three years PG course. If not paid, the managements are threatening they would cancel the seat. How can a poor candidate pay the huge amount besides the annual fee of Rs 2.9 lakh," the representatives questioned.

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Rs 25-lakh fine on PG doctors for skipping rural service

Rs 25-lakh fine on PG doctors for skipping rural service


Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader said on Monday that the State government plans to levy a fine of Rs 25 lakh on postgraduate doctors who do not complete their compulsory rural service.

Replying to a calling attention motion by BJP member K Govindaraju, regarding the shortage of doctors in rural areas, Khader told the Legislative Council that the government also had plans to impose a fine of Rs 15 lakh on doctors with postgraduate diploma, who do not fulfill their service conditions. 

MBBS graduates will have to shell out a fine of Rs 10 lakh, if they fail to complete their service in rural areas. He said that at present, doctors who do not complete their rural service have to pay Rs one lakh as fine, but 900 doctors have opted to pay the fine and stay away from the villages. “The State had decided to fill up 600 vacancies for medical officers, but only 252 candidates applied for the post. During the counselling to allocate the place of posting, only 137 candidates came. Of these, only 75 candidates have joined duty,” he said.

Puducherry college took Rs 5.8 crore for MBBS seats

Puducherry college took Rs 5.8 crore for MBBS seats

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said that Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry, took capitation fee to the tune of Rs 5.76 crore from 73 different persons in 2007-08. 

CBI also found that the institute "illegally" got an increase in annual intake of students to the MBBS course from 100 to 150 by "fraudulent means". 

The HRD ministry, which granted 'deemed university' status to the institute in 2008 under the de novo (new areas of learning) category, is contemplating serious action against the institute. "The ministry can withdraw deemed university status. A final decision will be taken soon," a source said. 

The CBI, in a report to the HRD ministry, said capitation fee was collected in the name of donations by the college management. CBI collected counterfoils of vouchers of payments made by 73 persons on behalf of the candidates. CBI said parents of 37 candidates who had paid donation were examined. 

"The common element of the statement of these witnesses is that on receipt of admission letters from the college, when they attended the college, the management asked them to pay donation in the name of development charges for the hospital and college," CBI said in its report. It also said that payments were made in cash as reflected in the counterfoils and the college management had shown these amounts as donations in the statement of accounts and income tax returns. 

Reiterating the Supreme Court's categorical order in Islamic Academy of Education vs State of Karnataka case, CBI said the apex court had held that capitation fee could not be collected in any form. "It has been established that the college was collecting capitation fee in the guise of donation," CBI said. 

As for resorting to fraudulent means to increase intake, CBI said its investigation revealed that "on the dates of MCI inspections, several doctors appeared before the inspection teams as if they were permanent teaching faculty and resident doctors even though they were not so". 


CBI also said "in spite of having conspicuous shortage of teaching faculty and resident doctors, the college illegally managed to get an increase in annual intake of students to the MBBS course from 100 to 150 by fraudulent means". 

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PGI to hold online exams


PGI to hold online exams to curb unfair means





CHANDIGARH: The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, will soon conduct examinations online to minimise any chances of fraud, cheating or manipulation of the system. The first such test will be conducted for the recruitment of clerks soon.

The system will then be extended to admission entrance examinations like MD/MS courses. The administration of the online test will be outsourced.

The minutes of the meeting in which the proposal was discussed, state: "Online examination using an outsourcing agency will be a viable option for its smooth conduct and also to prevent any cheating. The institute therefore observes that examinations …..where a large number of candidates are expected to enrol, a computer-based end-to-end online examination may be conducted through tendering process."

The meeting was attended by the director and the dean. During the MD/MS courses admission test on November 10, 2012, the CBI arrested several candidates using hi-tech devices to leak the question paper.  Most of the people who attempt to cheat in the examination were girls from Andhra Pradesh. After the leak was detected, the institute had scrapped the entrance examination and conducted it again.

In September 2010, the CBI had arrested two PGIMER doctors, studying for post-graduation, for securing admission by impersonation.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rural doctors threaten to suspend work from August 1


Rural doctors threaten to suspend work from August 1

Doctors, under the aegis of the Rural Medical Services Association, have alleged that the state government was denying them their duo quota in admission to MD/MS post-graduate courses in  government medical colleges. They have threatened to suspend work from August 1,if the government fails to redress their grievance by then. Rural doctors have also claimed that officials in the department of health, the department of research and medical education and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences had ganged up to deny them their right to higher education.
Association office bearers claimed that those who had qualified the PG entrance exam 2013 were not allowed to attend counseling under the 60 per cent state quota seats, in spite of directions from the Punjab and Haryan high court.

"The PG quota was introduced to motivate doctors to serve in rural areas and not only to create specialists," claimed Dr Rajesh Sharma, state spokesperson of the association.The association will hold its next general house meeting on July 21.

Rural stint to become must for medicos

Rural stint to become must for medicos

MANGALORE: The state government intends to close the 'penalty' route for medical students who wish to skip rural service.

Hopeful of getting the President's nod for Karnataka Compulsory Service Training by Candidates Completed Medical Course Bill, 2012, which will then make one-year rural service mandatory, the government will then utilize their services to improve the status of health delivery in government healthcare centres across the state.

The bill has already passed scrutiny of the Union ministry of health and family welfare and has been vetted by the ministry of human resources development before it was sent to the President for his assent. Once an Act, students at under-graduate and post-graduate level will have to undergo one-year rural service before becoming eligible to receive their respective medical degrees, minister for health and family welfare UT Khader said during the meet the press programme organized by Dakshina Kannada District Working Journalists' Association on Saturday.

At present, students have the option of paying a penalty in lieu of rural service. While a MBBS graduate at present needs to pay Rs 1 lakh, post-graduate diploma holders pay Rs 3 lakh and post-graduate students Rs 5 lakh. The state faces shortage of 350 graduate doctors, and 1,400 post-graduate actors, he said.

Opining that cream of doctors that the state has had in the past have come through rigors of rural service, he said this mindset is gradually declining among students. "The state collected Rs 9 crore as penalty from students who opted out of rural service last year," Khader said.

The government will take a call on making rural service compulsorily for overseas students, especially those studying in deemed universities in the state, at a later date, he said.

If the bill for some reason does not get the presidential nod, the state government will then hike the penalty from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for MBBS students, from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 15 lakh for PG diploma holders and from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 for PGs, he said. "In many places, we find there is good infrastructure, but no doctors and the converse is also true in other places," he said, adding the government will roll out the red carpet to recruit doctors.