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Single PG medical entrance test from 2013

Admission to all postgraduate courses in medical colleges across India from next year will be through a common entrance test to be conducted by National Board of Examination from November 23 to December 6, 2012.

The test will be applicable for PG seats of all the 350 medical colleges across India, which account for close to 20,000 seats, except the three institutes set up by acts of Parliament – AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh and JIPMER, Puducherry. In a statement issued today, the Health Ministry said the new system would help promote transparency and streamline admission to Post Graduate medical and dental courses. "The Government has decided to introduce a single entrance examination to be known as National eligibility- cum-Entrance Test (NEET) from the next academic year i.E. 2013-2014.

"The National Board of Examination (NBE) will conduct NEET-PG for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma Course courses offered by all medical colleges/institutions coming under the ambit of the Medical Council of India," the Health Ministry said. The first NEET-PG in 2013-14 will be held online by NBE from November 23 to December 6, 2012 at various centres in 34 cities of the country. Details of NEET-PG for medical courses are available at www. Nbe. Gov. In/neetpg. The NEET-PG for dental courses will be conducted by the AIIMS for admission in MDS courses offered by all the dental colleges/institution coming under the ambit of the Dental Council of India. AIIMS will notify the dates of the examination in due course of time.[Press Trust of India / New Delhi September 26, 2012, 20:45]

Date clash with AIIMS: PGI finally relents

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has decided to change this year’s date of entrance examination, which the institute is going to conduct for admission in the various post-graduate (MD/MS) courses offered by it.

However, the authorities have yet not announced the fresh schedule for the examination. Earlier, PGIMER had decided to conduct examination on November 18. “Keeping in mind the interest of thousands of candidates aspiring to pursue their MD/MS at PGIMER, we have decided to change the date for PG entrance examination”, said PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar on Saturday.

The PGIMER has changed the date for examination as another prestigious institute of the country- All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi- had also decided to conduct exam for its PG courses (MD/MS courses) on the similar date.

As authorities of both the institutes were reluctant to change their respective examination schedule, it had put thousands of medical aspirants, who wanted to appear in examinations of both the institutes, in a fix. “However, we are still working out the fresh schedule and have yet to decide the new date for the examination”, added Wadwalkar.

Earlier, PGIMER authorities had cleared on September 19 that they could not change the schedule as it had been decided a year ago. On the other hand, AIIMS authorities had expressed their unwillingness to change the schedule by putting forth the rationale that AIIMS had to conduct entrance examination in five various cities and it was easy for PGIMER to reschedule the entrance examination as it was conducted only at one centre at Chandigarh.

On September 19, Dr AK Dinda, sub-dean (examination), AIIMS, said, “AIIMS is a much bigger institute than PGIMER. At least 50,000 candidates appear in our examination, which takes place in five cities. In contrast, around 6,000 students appear for around 200 seats at PGIMER, which conducts examination only at one centre”

Medical student gets Rs 4 lakh compensation

Hyderabad, TNN | Aug 19, 2012, 01.08AM IST: HYDERABAD: Coming down heavily on the authorities for functioning in a whimsical manner and for jeopardizing the valuable academic year of a medical student, Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy of the AP high court on Friday directed the principal secretary, BC welfare department, and NTR Health University to pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the student within one month apart from reserving him a PG medical seat in the next academic year.

"He need not write the entrance examination next year as he was qualified in the test this year and was denied a seat purely on account of official apathy," the judge observed.

The judge gave these directions after hearing the plea of M Abdul Amzad Khan of Medak who was unduly denied admission to medical PG course in the current academic year on the pretext of verifying the veracity of his BC (E) status.

The verification officer of the state government attached to the NTR varsity raised doubts about the authenticity of the student's status. Instead of verifying the claims himself, the official placed the burden of proof on the student. The university failed to act till the admissions were over.

Though revenue officials have confirmed that Amzad Khan's BC (E) status is genuine, the varsity cannot accommodate the student in any college as any such move runs contrary to the Medical Council of India rules.

Justice Nagarjuna Reddy, during the course of the hearing, found that the verification officer had gone beyond his brief in raising doubts on such an issue. As per rules, if a complaint is made by third parties raising doubts about the genuineness of any student's claim to reservation, it is the responsibility of the verification officer to verify the same with the help of the revenue department and the university and conclude the inquiry within the stipulated time. In the current case, it is the verification officer who raised the objection and created a mess. The state later placed that negligent officer under suspension. But that hardly gave any relief to Amzad.

Amzad had to lose one academic year for no fault of his, the judge said in his order. He was unjustly denied admission. "Loss of one valuable academic year in a student's life causes serious prejudice to him in various aspects. His whole career will be retarded by one year, apart from besetting him with various setbacks. Such a loss will have a devastating effect on the psyche of the student and causes lot of trauma and agony. Though money cannot compensate this loss, this court, however, feels that ends of justice would be met if the student is awarded reasonable compensation", the judge said.

High Court stays notice on entrance test

BANGALORE: The high court on Friday stayed the Dental Council of India (DCI ) notification issued under the 'Revised BDS Course Regulation 2007', providing for a national entrance test for admissions to BDS/MDS courses from 2013-14 .

Justice AS Bopanna passed this order upon petitions filed by Karnataka Private Medical andDental Colleges Association and others. "The all-India NEET ( National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) for BDS & MDS course has many lacunae and shortcomings. If these are not addressed, it will jeopardize the career of lakhs of students. It amounts to watering down and giving a complete go to various pronouncements made by the Supreme Court and statutes enacted by the state legislature," the petitioners explained.

"It will have state-wise ramifications since several states are not uniform in maintaining the standard of dental colleges. The curriculum being followed in Classes XI & XII is different from that proposed by NCERT for NEET. This has created confusion among students since teachers are not familiar with the new proposed syllabus ," the petitioners stated.

Counter-productive: "As per the notification, the CBSE Board has been told to hold entrance examination for dental colleges across India for BDS and PG courses. There is no discrimination among eligible candidates competing for seats. As the national entrance examination test is conducted in English and Hindi only, students of Karnataka, who have studied in Kannada or in their mother tongue, will be at a disadvantage ," the petitioner added. (TNN Aug 18, 2012, 05:33 AM IST)

HC dismisses petition of doctors for admission in PG courses

Patna, Jul 18, 2012 : Patna High Court today dismissed the petition filed by 32 doctors who had challenged the refusal of two medical colleges to admit them in their PG courses despite being declared successful by Bihar Combined Entrance Examination Board.

Justice P C Verma rejected the petition of doctors after hearing their arguments and that of Katihar Medical College and Mata Gujri Medical College Kishanganj.

Doctors in their petition had pointed out that they were declared successful in the examination conducted for admission in PG courses of the medical colleges in Bihar.

The examination was conducted by Bihar Comined Entrance Examinatin Board. Doctors pleaded before the court that when they approached these two medical colleges for admission, management of these medical colleges refused to take their admission. Counsel of the two medical colleges submitted before the court that the candidates had approached for admission after expiry of last date for the purpose.

They also submitted before the court that their colleges were recognised under the act relating to minority institutions and as such, the 32 doctors in the question could not be given the privilege as being demanded by them. (New Kerala 18th July 2012, 23:03 IST)

Chhattisgarh Doc Arrested in AIIMS Paper Leak Case

New Delhi, July 17, 2012: A doctor from Chhattisgarh was arrested for his alleged involvement in the leak of the post graduate medical entrance papers of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), taking the total number of arrests in the case to nine.

Dev Prakash Dewangan, 23, was arrested on Sunday and police said he has confessed to his involvement in the case.

The gang, which charged Rs 25-35 lakh from aspirants, allegedly used a sophisticated software to email images of the question paper taken by two MBA degree holders, posing as PG aspirants, using mobile phones and bluetooth concealed in their shirts. The Crime Branch had already arrest eight persons in connection with the case and Dewangan's detention is the ninth.

Dewangan revealed in September last year, he went to Nagpur for enquiry of paid seat in Post Graduation courses.

"There, he met Mohit Choudhary, the kingpin, who had informed him that he was conducting a capsule course of three days for the seat of Post Graduation Examination of Medical. He also guaranteed him to clear the AIIMS PG Entrance Exam - 2012," Sanjay Kumar Jain, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime and Railways, Delhi.

Choudhary lured Dewangan and assured him a PG seat in AIIMS in lieu of Rs 18 lakh. "As a surety, Mohit Choudhary kept his documents with him. The same has already been recovered during the remand of Mohit Choudhary. As per directions of Choudhary after the exam on January 8, he destroyed the shirt equipped with bluetooth, tiny microphone, SIM card and mobile phone," he said.

Failure to get admission in PG forces dentist to commit suicide

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 8, 2012: A 26-year-old woman was found hanging at her residence at Vadakkevila near Balaramapuram on Friday. The deceased was identified as Roopa Asok, a dentist.

The police said that Roopa may have hanged herself by Friday afternoon, when no one else was at home. The family came to know of the incident only at night.

Roopa could not join the MDS course which forced her to commit suicide. She had failed to clear the PG entrance examination for the MDS course conducted recently. She had completed her graduation at Kothamangalam Medical College. The body was handed over to the family on Saturday after autopsy. Roopa is survived by father Asok, mother Sreelatha and brother Rahul. (TNN, 8th July 2012, 2:15 AM IST)

No hacking of all India quota PG medical merit list: DGHS

New Delhi, Jun 21, 2012: Directorate General of Health Services on Thursday told the Supreme Court that high rank holder in the 50% all India quota medical entrance examination merit list got less preferred post-graduation courses not because of hacking but silly mistakes by candidates while registering online their choice of courses.

DGHS counsel, senior advocate T S Doabia, informed a bench of Justices H L Gokhale and Ranjana P Desai that though the results of the examination were out in public a day before the scheduled declaration, there was no incident of hacking of the merit list or the allotment of PG and Diploma seats. (Dhananjay Mahapatra, TNN Jun 21, 2012, 07.20PM IST).

Rajasthan Univ. students protesting against PG entrance exam dispersed

JAIPUR: The police on Friday dispersed students of Rajasthan University who were protesting against the entrance examination for the varsity's post-graduate programmes. Five undergraduate students were on hunger strike from Thursday noon to protest the newly-introduced system. On Friday noon, when their condition deteriorated, doctors referred them to SMS hospital. However, the agitating students refused vacate the spot. Later, more than 50 students joined them. They locked the gates to stop the ambulance from entering. The police later took the agitating students to the hospital. Police claimed that they did not use the baton.

Sources said the students were dehydrated and needed medicare. In a bid to bring about a major change in the academics, the RU is gearing up to conduct the first-of-its-kind entrance test. The university also aims to bring transparency in the admission system. Students also alleged that "Instead of supporting us, the V-C is adamant. If the university does not roll back the plan, we will intensify our stir and varsity administration will be responsible for the consequences," said Vinod Singh, a student of sociology. ()

Agitating medical teachers to help with PG practical exams

NAGPUR: Medical teachers from all 14 government-run medical colleges in the state, who had boycott all exam duties, have withdrawn the boycott partially. They have decided to help conduct the practical examinations for the post graduate section, while still continuing to shun all the duties of the under graduate section.

Maharashtra State Medical Teachers' Association (MSMTA) had declared a boycott of all exam duties to demand the fulfillment of several of their long-pending demands. As a result, the practical exams were rescheduled by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS). Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had also requested MSMTA to reconsider their decision as any delay in their exams and declaration of their results would have meant disqualification from entrance exams for courses like DM, MCh and DNB.

"In December last year, we were on a chain hunger strike after which we were assured that our demands would be fulfilled in a month. Despite giving up the exam duties six months later, the government is still to do anything about the demands," complained Dr Samir Golawar, general secretary of MSMTA from GMCH and vice president of central MSMTA. "How can the government be apathetic towards the teachers," he asked while justifying their boycott decision.

"We wanted to ensure that the students also pay for the government's apathy. Officials of MUHS also requested us to consider taking the practical exams soon. So we relented and now all practical examinations will be over by June 12," said Dr Pradeep Dixit, president of GMC's MSMTA chapter. (

India to roll out common entrance medical exam from 2013

New Delhi, March 27, 2012: It's now official - the common National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to Under Graduate (UG) will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE) while it will be the National Board of Examination that will conduct the Post Graduate (PG) exams.
India is all set to roll out NEET from 2013-14.

Putting ghosts to rest, the Union health ministry has informed state governments that their existing reservation policies would not be disturbed under the proposed scheme and state wise eligibility merit lists will be prepared for the respective state authorities to admit students for admission in accordance with their admission criteria in the institutions located in the respective states.

The Medical Council of India has also revised the syllabus for NEET-UG. The qualifying criterion has been changed from percentage of absolute marks to percentile to ensure that no seat remains unfilled. Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Monday "A few state governments had expressed concerns about the proposed NEET particularly with regard to the syllabus for the NEET for UG, reservation of seats, medium of examination, as well as their own preparedness to introduce the scheme from the academic year 2012-13 and whether once introduced some of their seats would go unfilled because of high merit. The government has addressed all the concerns."

The ministry has also set up a coordination Committee "with all relevant stakeholders as members, which will address any issue relating to the admission process, including regional language as medium for conduct of NEET."

NEET would mean a single entrance examination will be held for MBBS and MD courses offered by all 271 medical colleges, 138 run by governments and 133 under private management. These colleges offer over 31,000 seats for MBBS courses and another 11,000 seats for PG degrees.

Experts say NEET would reduce hassles for students appearing for multiple medical exams.
"Once implemented, the NEET would be applicable to all medical colleges which come under the ambit of MCI, including private medical colleges," Azad said.

Among the states that was against the introduction of NEET in 2012 included West Bengal Maharashtra, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa had showed readiness to join NEET from 2013-14 but AP sought exemption for two years, saying it would join from 2014-15.

 "At present, about 17 entrance tests are held to fill 32,000 UG seats in medical colleges across the country," a ministry official said. (Kounteya Sinha, TNN 27th March, 2012, 02.49 AM IST)

SC approves online counseling for PG medical seats

New Delhi, March 27, 2012: (PTI) In a major relief to thousands of medical students, the Supreme Court today approved the Centre's proposal for their online counseling for admissions to post graduate medical courses against all India quota in government colleges, except those in Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.

The move would benefit an estimated 25,000 students vying for 5,245 post graduate medical and 168 Master of Dental Surgery seats in the present 2012-13 academic year. A bench of Justices Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan passed the order after hearing senior counsel Ashok Bhan who urged the court to grant permission for conducting the online counseling from May 1, 2012.

The competitive examination for All India quota (50 per cent) seats in government colleges is conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. For 15 per cent All India seats of undergraduate (MBBS and BDS courses), the examination is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Bhan told the court that the government had taken all steps for publicizing the online counseling through the print and electronic media besides the official websites.

According to the Centre, the proposed online counseling will not make it imperative for the students to rush to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata and they can opt their choice through the internet even while sitting at their homes. This would enable the students save time, efforts and money which they otherwise had to utilize earlier for visiting the four metros where it is conducted every year. The counsel said the National Informatics Centre had developed the software for the counseling programme. The Centre had sought similar permission for conducting online counseling for the undergraduate medical courses on which the court did not pass any order today.

 
 
 
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