March 28, 2009

No medical PG degree for students from other states in Gujarat

Govt out to improve headcount of docs; new eligibility: Higher Secondary Certificate from Gujarat or domicile of state for at least 10 years; move challenged in HC
In its bid to increase the number of doctors in Gujarat, the state Government has come out with a new set of rules to cut short the number of seats of medical students from other states.

As per the new notification issued to all the universities in the state on January 21, only those students are eligible for the postgraduate course who have passed their HSC examination in Gujarat or whose parents have been a domicile of the state for at least 10 years.

The notification was issued after the Kanubhai Kalsaria Committee stated in a letter addressed to the registrars of the medical colleges that the guidelines to the admission in the PG course was not properly stipulated till date.

In the PG course, over 50 per cent of the seats are reserved for the students from Gujarat, while admission to the remaining seats is done through the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE). Earlier, the students from outside were eligible for the PG course after clearing the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) for MBBS like the local students.

The move, which has put the fate of intern medical students from other states in the doldrums, has meanwhile reached the Gujarat High Court.
Over 150 students filed a petition as soon as they got hint of the brewing trouble. The court has passed an interim order allowing the students to fill up the forms and appear for the entrance exam. But the counselling of outside students has been put on stay till the final decision.

Interestingly, the students claimed they were notified of the new amendments only when the colleges started distributing forms for the PG course. “The admission forms were given at the Baroda Medical College on March 12 with a notice barring the outsiders to fill the same,” said Kalpana Jain, who is doing an internship at the college.

“No notification was given to us. We got to know when the outside students at the Government Medical College, Surat were barred from filling up the entrance exam form,” said Amit Agarwal, intern, B J Medical College, Ahmedabad.

The authorities on their part said the decision was taken after realising that outside PG students leave the state immediately after the completion of their course, without adding to the state’s medical fraternity. While the 50 per cent seats through centralised admission cannot be tampered with, the new rule aims to bring in more local students.

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