No takers for 74 PG medical courses

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There are no takers for 74 post-graduation (PG) medical academic courses in government medical colleges in the state. The seats have gone waste as the candidates showed more interest in clinical branches rather than opting for non-clinical branches— biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology and preventive & social medicines (PSM). Branches like anatomy and physiology provide opportunities to candidates to enter teaching in medical courses, but the candidates have showed no interest in these branches.

Even in Sawai Man Singh Medical College, 12 seats of PG courses are lying vacant after completion of mop up round of state medical PG seats allotment-2017.

The mop up round was completed on May 31. The office of the chairman, NEET PG medical admission/counselling board-2017 mentioned that the last date of admission was May 31 and that will remain unchanged by direction of the Centre.

“Even though the government has not made signing of bond of Rs 25 lakh compulsory for these non-clinical branches, the candidates have not opted for these branches. In other branches, if a candidate completes his PG course and he does not work for five year in government service, he will have to pay Rs 25 lakh. But this year, the government waived off bond for anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, PSM, physiology and forensic medicine, it has made no change in choice of candidates,” said Dr Jitendra Bagaria, a candidate who could have opted for any of these branches but he did not do so.

He said he is preparing for NEET so that he will get better ranking in merit list and get clinical branch. “The government should think about it, why candidates are not opting for it. Those candidates completing their PG in clinical branches get postings accordingly, but, if a candidate completes PG in anatomy, he will not go to a primary health centre as the job in the PHC is not according to his qualification. The government should make provisions to give posting to these PG doctors in medical colleges,” Dr Bagaria said.

Besides, the candidates also suggested that the government should have lowered down the cut off for mop up counselling further so that those who are ineligible for taking part in counselling would become eligible and they would take up these branches, which have gone waste.

In Bikaner’s medical college eight seats have gone waste, in Jodhpur 11, in Udaipur 4, in Ajmer 13, in Kota 7 and in Jhalawar 17 seats of PG courses have gone waste this year.