July 11, 2010

Medical seats: Andhra Pradesh may agree to all-India sharing

HYDERABAD: Medical aspirants from the state will get a chance to choose from the best medical colleges from across the country if the state finalises a proposal to allow students to appear for the common pre-medical test (CPT), a test conducted for admission into MBBS courses. This would happen only if the state government brings out a rule opening up its medical colleges to students from other states.

Currently, the state’s medical colleges give admission only to local students. The CPT move will help students to choose from over a 100 medical colleges in the country, which would be helpful given that the state is faced with a shortage of medical seats. Officials said that the state government is reconsidering its medical seat sharing rules following the recent announcement by Union HRD minister, Kapil Sibal, that a common entrance test for both medical and engineering colleges will be in place from 2011.

“If the state sticks to its current rule of denying admission to students from other states, our students will not be allowed to take part in the national medical test. Hence talks are on at the state level to do away with the no seat sharing rule,” said an official from the department of medical education. The state government has been conducting talks with the Centre over the last few days, officials said.

According to officials from the directorate of medical education, the final decision on the matter will be taken by chief minister, K Rosaiah.

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