July 03, 2011

Barely 1.5% make it to medical colleges via CET

Last summer, over 1.15 lakh candidates appeared for the Common Entrance Test __ Karnataka's largest exam for professional courses __ nursing traditional dreams of becoming a doctor or an engineer. At the end of the rigorous, but fair selection process, barely 2,000 of them managed to bag the coveted MBBS seat under the government quota. Simply put, just 1.5% of the aspirants make it to the medical colleges via the state CET.

While it is a problem of plenty in engineering courses, it is virtually a slugfest for medical courses in the state. Although Karnataka boasts of the second highest number of medical colleges in the country, after Maharashtra, just about a quarter of them are state-run. Despite the soaring demand, the government hasn't started any new medical college in the last four years.

A marginal increase in the number of CET aspirants and an overwhelmingly good performance from ISC students could send the cut-offs soaring this time. "I am aware of the aspirations of the youth to become doctors. Although we are not starting new government medical colleges, we have made arrangements for increasing the intake of the existing colleges. Seats in some of the colleges will be doubled," said S A Ramadass, medical education minister. The 10 government colleges have a meagre intake of 1,100 seats.

The situation is no different in private medical colleges in the state. Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (Comed-K) which has around 11 medical and 25 dental colleges, too, has recorded an increase in the number of aspirants. From around 24,000 candidates, the MBBS/BDS aspirants have risen close to 30,000 this year. The consortium has 1,415 medial seats and 1,580 dental seats on offer.

The deadlock over the engineering fees continuing, talks of retaining last year's fee structure and seat-sharing ratio for medical/dental courses have been put on the back burner. "If the engineering fees is going to be increased, there is no point in withholding the hike for medical courses. How can BE fees be more than MBBS fees? Unless the engineering fees is fixed, we will not sign consensual agreement for medical courses," a Comed-K member said. Last year, 42% of the seats in private non-minority colleges were filled through CET. Ramadass has also promised to bite into 25% increased seats in the the nine deemed universities. "Some of the deemed universities do not want to share sreeats with the government and have gone to court. Wherever there will be an increased intake, we will ensure 25% of additional seats will be surrendered to the government," he said.

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1 comment:

Dr.Shah Navas.P said...

The govt. of Kerala is planning to start four medical colleges in the state with the govt sponsorship in the mix of Public Private Partnership. the state owned 5 medical colleges have a total faculty of less than 1600 members with a 3 decade old deficit of more than 600 vacancies. How it is going to juggle this huge manpower deficit remains to be seen. It is in the pipeline already to increase the pension age to 70 yrs in the private sector. How this is going to benefit the scene is anybody's guess, which has already has a 50% deficit in the private sector.
Dr.Shah Navas.P,
President, KGMCTA, Trivandrum

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