May 21, 2009

PIL seeks more PG seats in Maharashtra medical colleges

The NGO People’s Health Organisation (PHO) has filed a PIL before the Bombay High Court seeking an increase in seats for the post-graduate (PG) medical course in the state before May 31.

The High Court will hear the application on May 21.

According to Dr Ishwar Gilada, secretary, PHO, until 2001 the ratio of PG teachers to PG students was 1:2, but thereafter, the ratio came down to 1:1 due to apathy of the state government as well as the Medical Council of India (MCI).

He said that in February this year, the then union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss had conceded in the Parliament that more specialists were needed in the medical field, and PG seats could be increased. However, by then the election code of conduct was in place and no decision was taken in this regard, PIL states.

Last year, PHO filed a PIL, alleging that because of state government’s indifference, number of PG seats came down to 600 from 1,900 in 2001.

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