July 11, 2011

AFMC says no to common entrance test

The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), from where 130 doctors graduate each year, is not keen on the government’s common entrance test idea for admission to medical courses in the country giving the reason that the armed forces needed specific skills.

“We need to conduct our own exam and the selection criteria evaluate whether the candidates are eligible for a medical profession in the armed forces. Apart from being physically fit, they need to be mentally robust,¿ says Air Marshal G S Joneja, AFMC Commandant.

AFMC authorities who made their representation at the first national conclave of Vice-Chancellors of Medical Universities in Pune on Friday told Dr S K Sarin, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Medical Council of India, that they could not be part of the common entrance test.

The MCI and Union Health Ministry had decided to introduce the common entrance test for admission to government and private medical colleges in the country. The test will be held from the next academic session and a slew of medical reforms have been proposed in the Vision Document 2015 to upgrade quality of medical education.

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