At PGI Chandigarh, every seventh MD, MS student is from Andhra Pradesh

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South Indians seem to be taking the maximum benefit of the medical education provided in one of the best tertiary care institutes in North India.

According to the annual report of the PGIMER, every 7th student pursuing specialty course (MD/ MS) at PGIMER is from Andhra Pradesh. Further, South Indians constitute 38% of the total students in this category.

As far as the enrolment of Punjabi students is concerned, in speciality and super-speciality courses, they are very minimal in comparison.

A total 782 students from 29 states, union territories and three foreign countries are pursuing Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Surgery (MS) course from the PGIMER.

As many as 109 students from AP are pursuing MD/MS.

Not only AP, students from South India occupy a large chunk of seats. There are 68 students from Tamil Nadu, which makes it the second highest. From Telangana and Karnataka there were 58 and 56 students respectively.

There were 8 students from Puducherry as well.

This makes it 299 students from South India, which is 38.2% per cent of the total students.

Only 35 students from Punjab could make it to the MD/MS and from Haryana there are 38 students. Also, 64 students from Himachal Pradesh made the cut.

SUPER SPECIALITY COURSES

There are total of 301 candidates in DM (Doctorate of Medicine) and MCh (Master of Chirurgiae). Here, with 31, the maximum students are from Karnataka, and from Andhra Pradesh is 11.

MOST RESEARCH SCHOLARS ARE FROM PUNJAB

When it comes to research, the students from the Northern states are leading. There are 190 PhD candidates enrolled in PGIMER in 2016. Out of these, maximum number of students are from Punjab (46), followed by Himachal Pradesh (37) and Haryana (30).

Talking about difficulties, Vybah Venkatesh, final year MD student, said, “Language and food poses challenges during our stay in the institute. During the first month, we hardly understand anything, but with time and language orientation classes, we learn. As far as food is concerned, we love spicy food and biryani, which is hardly available in PGIMER. So, we are always on a hunt to find good food.”

WHY STUDENTS FROM AP MAKE IT TO PGIMER?

“Students in Andhra Pradesh have limited options. We can either apply within our state or in central institutes like PGIMER or AIIMS. So, these two institutes remain our main targets, said Vybhav Venkatesh, final year MD student. Arvind Goyal, citybased educator, said, “Andhra Pradesh does not have the option of 50% all-India quota. While filling NEET form, a student from AP gets an option to choose either state quota or all-India quota. In case he chooses state quota, then he cannot apply in government medical colleges of other states and is left with only two options government medical colleges in AP or five central institutes including PGIMER, AIIMS.”

Dr Subhash Varma, dean, PGIMER, said, “PGIMER has a cosmopolitan culture where students across the country apply for admissions. Its few courses like internal medicine are very popular. There is nothing like that North Indians are less capable of getting admissions in speciality or super speciality courses. I am a North Indian. It is a trend has been set and medical colleges in states such as AP and TN have high level of reservation.”

NEET PG 2017 Revised Results to be announced today

NEET PG Revised Results 2017: To be announced today at 6 pm on nbe.edu.in

The National Board of Examination (NBE) will declare the revised results-cum-merit list of the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2017 today, i.e. May 25 after 6 pm. Candidates can check their results from the official website, the link for which is nbe.edu.in.

As per the official notice, ”The revised result-cum-merit list for NEET PG 2017 can be accessed from the website on May 25 after 6 pm.There is no change in the result/merit list for All India 50 per cent MD/MS/Diploma quota seats.”

How to check:

  • Go to the official website
  • Click on the link, ‘NEET PG Revised Result’
  • The results will be displayed on the screen
  • Take a printout for future use

About NEET PG:

NEET-PG is a single window entrance test for admission to various MD/MS and PG Diploma Courses as per Section (10) of Indian Medical Council Act 1956. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, shall be valid for entry to MD/MS/PG diploma courses as per the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 w.e.f. 2017 admission session.

For any query, candidates can visit the official website.

Pay 50 percent of the new fee, execute bond for balance amount: Hyderabad HC on PG medical admission

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A vacation bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday made it clear that admissions into post-graduate medical courses in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states would be done after the aspiring students pay 50 per cent of the new fee and execute a bond for the balance 50 per cent amount.

Accordingly, the bench modified the earlier interim order of the court on the quantum of fee payable by the students.

Petitioners Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association and Osmania Junior Doctors Association filed PIL challenging the GOs issued by Telangana government on increasing the fee by fixing Rs 6.90 lakh for convener quota seat and Rs 24 lakh under management quota seat.

As per the old fee structure, admission fee for MD/MS courses in convener quota was Rs 3.20 lakh per seat and under management quota it was Rs 5.80 lakh. On May 11, a vacation bench granted interim stay on the GO issued by Telangana government increasing the fee structure for the convener and management quota seats for PG medical and dental faculties.

Aggrieved, the Telangana private medical and dental colleges management association filed the vacate stay petition. On Thursday, several other petitioners also challenged the GOs issued by AP government regarding the fee hike.

During the course of hearing, the petitioners’ counsel argued that fee enhancement was not only exorbitant but also contrary to procedure laid down by law.

On the other hand, the senior counsels appearing for the managements association submitted that they cannot run the colleges by collecting old fee. Improvement in education standards and other facilities cannot be provided without fee hike, they argued.

After hearing both the sides, the bench directed that the students will have to pay 50 per cent of the new fee and execute a bond for the balance amount to get admission into PG medical courses.

SC asks Gujarat to give 50 per cent quota to in-service medicos

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The Supreme Court today directed the Gujarat government to give 50 per cent reservation to the in-service candidates for admission to post-graduate medical diploma courses as per the regulations of the Medical Council of India.

The apex court directed the state government to grant the reservation to these candidates in the second round of counselling, starting tomorrow for admissions in PG courses.

The in-service medical officers are those who work for the government or public authority in remote rural and difficult areas.

A bench, comprising Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar, also asked the state government to define remote rural or difficult areas in which the in-service medical officers will be working.

The Gujarat High Court had on May 5 dismissed the petition of in-service medical petitioners on the ground that it was not mandatory for the state government to follow the rules and regulations issued by the Medical Council of India, particularly the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000.

The medicos have challenged the state government order of granting only 25 per cent reservation to the in-service candidates for admission in PG medical diploma courses.

The plea, filed by GMS Class II Medical Officers’ Association before the apex court through advocate Ankit Shah, said the state government had issued a notification on April 21 by which the seats allocated to in-service candidates were restricted only to diploma courses and excluded degree courses for the current academic year without providing any reasonable reason.

The petitioners said the issue involved a substantial question of law of public importance and its adjudication will have an impact on the large number of in-service medical officers working in rural areas in Gujarat.

“As per regulation IV of the MCI Regulation, 2000, it is mandatory that while determining the merit of candidates who are in-service of Government/Public Authority, an incentive of 10 per cent of the marks obtained for each year of service in remote and/or difficult areas upto the maximum of 30 per cent of the marks obtained in NEET may be given by the Government/ Public Authority.

“As per regulation VII of the MCI Regulations, 2000, it is mandatory for the state to reserve 50 per cent of the total seats of government medical college in Post Graduate Diploma Courses for medical officers in the government service, who has served at least 3 years in remote and/or difficult areas,” their petition said.

It said the state government had declined to adopt the mandate of incentive and 50 per cent reservation in accordance with the MCI Regulation, 2000 and the High Court has dismissed the petition affirming the said impugned action of the state government.

NEET SS test aspirants can’t even apply

 

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Thousands of candidates across the country who wish to apply for the NEET super-specialty medical entrance (NEET SS) this year are a harried lot as they are not able to apply for the same due to the negative stand taken by the government agency authorised to conduct the exam, the National Board of Examination (NBE) and Prometric, the US-based private agency to which NBE has outsourced the conduct of the exam.

This year, for the first time, there is going to be only one entrance examination for admission to all super-specialty courses in the country. “The private firm Prometric is now informing candidates who are trying to register for the exam online that this year the seats at their centres for the exam have been filled and they are not in a position to accommodate candidates anymore. Nearly 15,000 doctors who wish to pursue super-specialty courses across the country have been affected in this way,” said Dr Fadl H.V., a prospective candidate from Kochi who is practicing in a private hospital here.

The last date to apply for the exam is May 19 and the test is to be held on June 11.  A total of around 8,000 super-specialty seats will be filled through the NEET SS.

“We can’t register for examination as the online application process will not be completed without opting for a centre of examination. Due to non-availability of seats in the examination centre we will be wasting an entire year. They (Prometric) need to arrange more facilities at their examination centres and make necessary changes in their website so as to accommodate us. We tried to contact NBE, but our attempts went in vain as all communication regarding examination is to be done with Prometric only,” said Dr Fadl.

‘Proposed medical commission undemocratic’

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Dr Vasant Lunge, state vice-president of Indian Medical Association (IMA), has alleged that the central government is trying to dissolve the democratically constituted Medical Council of India (MCI) and replace it with a ‘bureaucrat-filled, non-democratic’ National Medical Commission.

Addressing a press conference here today, Lunge said that IMA is opposed to this. He said that instead of bringing in the Commission, the Centre should bring in necessary amendments to the MCI and retain it. He said that to protest this move of the centre, among other things, the IMA is staging an agitation in Delhi on June 6.

He said that members of IMA from across the country will gather at Raj Marg, Delhi, at 8 am on June 6 and walk to Indira Gandhi stadium before submitting a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding a central Act for protection to doctors from physical attacks and assaults and guarantee of quality of generic medicines.

The other demands include cancellation of NEXT exam for MBBS passouts, holding MBBS final year exam at national level, holding PG NEET exam within 45 days of declaration of MBBS final results and starting internship training on the same date throughout India.

Non-registration of criminal cases against medical practitioners for medical negligence, and implementation of the recommendations made by the centre-constituted inter-ministerial committee.

Puducherry health minister warns pvt medical colleges on PG admission issue

Puducherry health minister warns pvt medical colleges on PG admission issue

Health minister Malladi Krishna Rao on Wednesday warned private medical colleges in the Union territory of ‘stern action’ if they didn’t admit students selected by Centralised Admission Committee (Centac) to PG courses under government quota owing to the fee issue.

He was replying to questions raised by ruling and opposition blocks in the legislative assembly on the “predicament of students in the wake of the private colleges in Puducherry declining to admit them for the 2017-2018 session on the ground that the interim fee fixed by the government is not acceptable to the managements.”

Opposition AIADMK (Amma) legislator A Anbalagan, who raised the issue, said students were denied seats by colleges on the grounds of the fee issue. He alleged that the colleges were demanding around 40 lakh for a seat while the government had fixed an interim fee of 3 lakh.

The last date to pay the fee was round the corner and the government should take action in the matter, he said. Members belonging to the ruling Congress also said that Centac had finalised a list of 76 students for admission into various colleges under government quota in PG courses.

However, the managements were embarrassing the aspirants by insisting on payment of 35 lakh to 40 lakh, Anbalagan alleged. The members also said till the batch of students selected now were admitted, the second round of counselling by CENTAC for medical courses should not be held.

Responding to the members’ concerns, Rao said the fee now fixed was only an interim arrangement and in line with the system in Tamil Nadu. The chairman of the Fees Committee for Puducherry was indisposed and hence an interim arrangement had been made on the fee pattern.

Rao said that the interests of 76 students selected through Centac under government quota in the private colleges would be protected. He said if colleges turned away the students the government would not hesitate to withdraw their no-objection certificate.

He further said he would have a meeting with the Union health minister and health secretary in New Delhi on Thursday and take up the issue with them. The House was adjourned to meet on May 24.

Malaria to be eliminated from 15 states by 2020: Government

Malaria to be eliminated from 15 states by 2020: Government

There has been a progressive decline in the number of cases of malaria and deaths due to it and the disease is likely to be eliminated from at least 15 states in another three years, according to the government.

“By 2020 we will be able to eliminate malaria from 15 states with an annual parasite incidence (API) of less than one case per thousand population. We are sure to eliminate malaria from these states by 2020,” Dr AC Dhariwal, Director of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) in the health ministry, told PTI.

He asserted that states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and union territories including Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry will be free from malaria.

He, however, mentioned certain districts in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura as malaria transmission risk areas.

“The API in some of these areas are more than two per thousand population. In some areas the scenario is worse like more than ten,” he said.

In fact, a couple of districts in West Bengal were considered to be risk areas where the API was two per thousand people, he said.

“Some districts of Meghalaya and Tripura having borders with Bangladesh are also places where malaria is still a threat,” Dhariwal stated.

The overall situation in India, however, has improved compared to what it was in the last century, he said.

“There has been a decline not only in the number of cases of malaria incidence but also in the number of deaths because of the disease. It’s mainly because of the efforts of Bivalent Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) tests,” he said.

Malaria cases have consistently declined from two million in 2001 to 0.88 million in 2013, although an increase to 1.13 million cases occurred in 2014 due to focal outbreaks, a data released by the National Framework For Malaria Elimination in India said.

The malaria burden in India has reduced significantly, thanks to the introduction of new interventions for case management and vector control, namely Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT), Arteminisinin based combination therapy (ACT), Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and effective Monitoring and Evaluation, Dhariwal added.

Within a year of agreeing to the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) goal of a region free of malaria by 2030, about 70 per cent of districts of India had no indigenous cases or no cases reported, he said.

“But at the same time in 807 districts we have high transmission of the disease. In these districts we have set up a target of 13 years ahead,” he said.

Talking about the problems in dealing with malaria in areas of “high risk”, the NVBDCP director said besides man power, threat of Naxalites has been a challenge for them to address people in these districts.

“These problems are mainly in tribal areas of Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh,” he said.

“We need to have a local specific strategy for these places. We need to rope in local persons as well as local in intra-personal commentator and local preachers for areas like these,” he pointed out.

Nod to drug brand names with rider

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Top government officials today clarified that doctors across India were free to prescribe medicines through brand names, but iterated that they should write the pharmacological, generic names alongside as part of efforts to promote inexpensive medicines.

Union chemicals and fertilisers minister Ananth Kumar, who is also in charge of the pharmaceuticals department, said the government would make it mandatory for doctors to write the generic names of medicines, but indicated that doctors and patients could pick brands.

Kumar said the government had taken steps to make it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to display generic names on medicine packets in fonts much larger than those used to display brand names.

He said the health ministry had sent an advisory to all central government hospitals asking their in-house doctors to prescribe medicines in generic names. The ministry has also sent an advisory to all states asking them to follow suit with state hospitals.

He said the government was taking steps to amend rules to make it mandatory for doctors to write down generic names and allow retail chemists to substitute one brand with another.

The Narendra Modi government’s renewed push to promote generic medicines and prescriptions with generic names had given rise to speculation among sections of doctors whether they would be prohibited from writing brand names on prescriptions.

But Kumar indicated that the drive to promote generics would not prohibit brand names. “We are not into banning anything – no one can withhold the choice of a brand, people are free to use brands of their choice,” he said, responding to a query on whether the government intended to ban brand names on medical prescriptions.

A senior official in the pharmaceuticals department also said that while the government would promote generic medicines, there was no specific ban on the writing of brand names. A Medical Council of India official too had last month said doctors could continue to write brand names.

Kumar said the Modi government had expanded access to inexpensive generic medicines by accelerating the so-called Janaushadi programme that seeks to provide inexpensive generic versions of medicines at 2 to 15 times lower cost than what they would cost in standard retail pharmacies.

The Janaushadi scheme launched by the UPA government in 2008 had established 104 outlets offering relatively inexpensive generic versions of 361 medicines by 2014. “We have now accelerated and expanded the scheme – we now have 1,320 Janaushadi outlets with a wider basket of over 600 medicines,” Kumar said.

The Janaushadi outlets provide generic versions of antibiotics and medicines to treat cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, respiratory illness and kidney diseases among other therapeutic areas at lower costs than standard retail pharmacies.

A pack of 10 tablets of a drug called amlodipine, used to treat high blood pressure, for instance, costs about Rs 36 from retail pharmacies but is available for Rs 3.54 at Janaushadi centres. The cost of the generic version of the anti-diabetes drug metformin in a Janaushadi centre is five-fold lower than what it costs in retail shops.

Kumar said the Janaushadi stores would, in an effort to ensure supply of only high quality medicines, procure medicines only from manufacturers who meet the “good manufacturing practices” standards endorsed by the World Health Organisation.

DGHS to fill all-India quota in govt medical colleges: SC

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The Supreme Court has ordered that the all-India quota in deemed universities and government medical colleges will be filled by the director general of health services (DGHS) in New Delhi. This will include deemed universities run by religious and linguistic minorities too as these institutes have an all-India character.

The quota is 15% for UG courses and 50% for PG courses. Till the year before last, deemed universities conducted their own exams and admitted all students.Last year, after losing a case in the SC in the middle of the admission process, they admitted students based on NEET rankings.

 

Common counselling for state quota seats in government and private medical colleges, including colleges institutions run by religious and linguistic minorities affiliated to state universities, shall be conducted by the state government or the authority designated by the state government. Moreover, state governments must conduct two rounds of centralised counseling for the all-India quota and process the admission too on behalf of deemed universities and private colleges.

 

The apex court has ruled that cheques for tuition fees should be collected by the state’s admission-conducting body so that colleges do not state that candidates weren’t turning up. After the second round of counselling for all-India seats, students who take admission should not be permitted to vacate them, the SC said.

 

“This would ensure that very few seats are reverted to the state quota and also allIndia quota seats are filed by students from the all-India merit list only. The students who take admission and se cure admission in deemed universities pursuant to the second round of counselling conducted by the DGHS shall not be eligible to participate in any other counseling,” the SC ruled in a writ petition filed by Dar-us-salam Education Trust against the MCI.

 

The notification to be is sued by the state notifying the common counselling should also provide the fee structure of deemed universities and private medical colleges, as per the SC directive. “The students who secure admission in MBBS course pursuant to the common counselling conducted by the state government, should be made to deposit with the counselling committee the demand draft towards the fees payable to the institution. The admission counselling committee shall forthwith forward the demand draft to the respective institution/colleges/university. The necessity for including the above-mentioned requirement has arisen as it has been time and again noticed that when students report to the college after the counselling they are refused admission by the colleges on some pretext or the other and it is shown by the college as if the student never reported to the college for admission.”