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Saturday, May 18, 2013

GUJARAT performed Exceptionally well in NEET PG 2012

AHMEDABAD: Students from Gujarat have performed exceptionally well in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in to postgraduate medical courses. More than 30 students from the state have ranked in top 100.

Close to 4,500 students from Gujarat appeared for the 1,500 seats in the state. In the entire state maximum number of successful students are from Ahmedabad. What's more, more than 20 students of BJ Medical College have found place in top 100 list.

However, students had some anxious moments on Thursday as results were declared in the evening but the website crashed due to heavy rush and students could only came to know about their result late in the night.

Most of the toppers belong to non-doctor families. Kewal Kanabar, with all-India eleventh rank, has topped Gujarat's merit list. He is from BJ Medical College. Kewal was followed by Divesh Dadhania, whose all-India rank is 29th and Gujarat rank is 2. Ravi Shah ranked third in the state and 35th over all. All the three toppers are from middle-class families and also the first doctors in their family.

Talking to TOI, BJ Medical College dean Bharat Shah said that the reason this time the students from Gujarat, and especially from the medical college, fared well was that in the final year they made special arrangements for the students. The aspirants were trained to attempt multiple choice questions (MCQs). "We created a laboratory were students are given five sets of question paper of MCQs hence they were well prepared for the test," Shah said.

As published in TOI

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Shortage of Faculty in Medical Colleges
The requirement of teaching faculty in any medical college and other disciplines of medical sciences is determined by the regulations framed by the respective professional Councils. An institution is given recognition/renewal by the respective Council only on meeting the minimum standard requirements as per the regulations. 

In so far as the six new AIIMS being set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikhesh are concerned, the requirement of faculty has been assessed and the number of faculty assessed is 289 posts. 

A number of steps have been taken in order to meet the increasing need of medical faculty, which include the following: 
  • The teacher student ratio in postgraduate courses has been increased to 1:2. The ratio has further been increased to 1:3 for some specialties such as Anesthesiology, Forensic Science and Radio-therapy. 
  • Age limit for appointment/extension/re-employment against posts of teachers/ dean/principal/director in medical colleges has been enhanced from 65 to 70 years 
  • DNB qualifications have also been recognized for appointment to various faculty posts in medical colleges. 
As per the existing Medical Council of India regulations, doctors with Postgraduate Diploma qualifications can be employed in medical colleges/institutions as Tutor/ Demonstrator / Residents / Senior Residents. 

Central Government has taken various steps to regulate medical education which inter-alia include: 
  • Land requirement relaxed from 25 acres to 20 acres throughout the country. 
  • Land requirement relaxed from 20 acres to 10 acres based on permissible FAR/FSI in the Metropolitan and "A" Grade cities viz. Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Greater Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Surat, Pune, Bangalore and Kanpur. 
  • Permission given to set up medical colleges in two pieces of land in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal for a period of 5 years with certain provisions. Further, this has been extended to other States for utilisation of District hospitals by the respective State Governments. 
  • In hilly areas, notified tribal areas, North Eastern States, Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Daman & Diu, Dadra &Nagra Haveli and Lakshadweep, the land can be in two pieces at a distance of not more than 10 km. 
  • Bed occupancy has been relaxed in North Eastern States & Hill States. 
  • Requirement of infrastructure like institution block, library, auditorium, examination hall, lecture theatres, etc. has been rationalized for optimal use. 
  • Companies registered under the Companies Act have also been allowed to establish medical colleges. 
  • The ratio of teachers to students has been revised depending on disciplines and availability of faculty. 
The Government has decided to introduce a course in the name of Bachelor of Science (Community Health) with an objective to develop a separate public health cadre to strengthen the health delivery system particularly in rural and backward areas. It is for the state government to adopt the course for implementation. The central government on its part will provide financial support to the states for implementation of the course under National Rural Health Mission.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Delay in NEET PG results left doctors in limbo

Around 90,000 aspirants took the National Eligibility Entrance Test (Neet), introduced for the first time for the 11,005 postgraduate (PG) degree seats in medical sciences in private and medical colleges in the country between November and December 2012. The results of Neet were due in January this year, but have been held back as directed by the Supreme Court. Neet-PG is a mandatory test for admission to MD/MS/PG diploma. The test was held at 50 centres in 33 cities across the country. The new method of exam was replicated from the IIM model — an "online test" format for the students — that they introduced three years ago. The PG medical test was conducted for all private and government medical colleges, barring the All India Institute of Medical College (AIIMS), Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education, Chandigarh and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.

Why Neet?

The online system, which kickstarted for the first time last year, offered flexibility to candidates to choose any date in the 10-day period to take the test at their convenience. The whole idea of Neet-PG was to streamline the admission process by bringing transparency and avoiding unnecessary expenditure that the students incurred by sitting for multiple examinations. The idea behind Neet was to have a single test instead of different tests for admission to different institutions across the state. The introduction page of the National Board of Examinations (NBE) document reads, "There shall be a single eligibility-cum-entrance examination namely 'National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses' in each academic year."

Long wait for aspirants

Over three months have passed since January, when the results of the first Neet were to be declared. They remain undeclared following a Supreme Court direction that the conducting body hold back the results. Reasons for this could be attributed to hundreds of cases in high courts of various states and many writ petitions in the SC directly. These cases and petitions are by private medical colleges, states, and rather inexplicably, by student communities themselves. The SC has now clubbed the numerous cases and writ petitions, which were transferred from the various high courts and turned them into one, with hearings being adjourned every time.

With the case languishing in the SC and summer vacations approaching, the uncertainty looms large over the fate of all those PG seat aspirants who took the test. These aspirants meanwhile have found "jobs" "fellowships" or are just "relaxing and chilling" as one doctor who completed his MBBS from Lokamanya Municipal Medical College in Sion, Mumbai puts it. Under normal circumstances, the admissions would have ideally ended by now. Doctors appearing for the exam say that those students who won't score well this time will face a bigger dilemma, as they are waiting for the results and had they known the result, they could have utilised this time to prepare for the next Neet. "Also, the pattern of the exam for the next year is still uncertain. This uncertainty is taking a toll on the doctors," said Dr Anuraag Jena, from SCB medical college, Cuttack, Odisha. While some doctors seem to believe in watchful waiting, some are trying all things possible within their reach to push their luck. The matter is subjudice and they do not have any means to influence the case in any way.

Untidy situation

Hungerstrike, protest march, and certainly social media are some of the means the doctors have resorted to drum up some noise about the Neet issue. A website has been created, where proceedings of the case are recorded meticulously and also appeals of various kinds are made.On the Facebook page, one of the Neet aspirants posted, "Tweet on 14th April (TODAY) with #SAVENEETPG in it, sharp at 2:45 pm till it becomes a trend and breaks globally! Lets do it again!" (Sic). On April 12 another post read, "Today is the 2nd day of indefinite hungerstrike at Jantar Mantar. Join now!"

Meanwhile, there is a group of students from Gujarat, who filed a case in the state's high court that has now reached the SC. They have demanded that Neet be delayed by a year and the standard of the test be brought down to bring in a sense of parity for those who have studied in vernacular languages.What remains unclear is that why would students oppose a system, which aims to streamline the admission procedure nationally? In principle, Neet would have reduced the excruciating process of applying to individual colleges, keeping track of dates and taking multiple tests.

To my mind, Neet has been a failure. With the results withheld, hospitals will not get resident medical officers (RMOs). RMOs are the backbone of a hospital set-up. They handle about 65 to 70 per cent of the workload. 
— Dr Snehlata Deshmukh, ex-VC of MUHS

This state of affairs has come to pass because nobody has understood Neet... We developed a system that was supposed to have one national examination with one national standard. But private colleges don't want to be a part of it lest they lose an opportunity to make money by selling seats. It's a huge nexus. Neet was a step in the direction to fix these things." 
— Dr Gautam Sen, ex-MCI board member; involved in developing Neet


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