Medical Admissions 2020-21

Medical Admissions 2020-21

1st superspecialty NEET held, 1 of 3 med seats vacant

PUBLISH DATE 18th September 2017

Nearly one in three sought-after superspecialty medical seats are lying vacant in the country after the first-ever centralised admission process, conducted by the Centre.

Court cases in two states, followed by a stay on the admission process for a few days, gave the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC), Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), time to conduct only two rounds of admissions before the Supreme Court deadline of September 14. Doctors are now planning to move the SC to seek an extension for a mop-up round to be held at collegestate level to fill the seats. Of the 550 vacant seats (out of 1,907), many are even vacant in renowned government colleges too.

For admissions to superspeciality courses on an all-India basis, the National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (NEET)-Superspecialty , was conducted by the National Board of Examinations, for the first time. Superspecialty courses include doctor of medicine (DM) in branches like neurology , cardiology , nepharalogy and also other Master of Surgery (MCh) courses. The centralised counselling to fill seats in government, private and deemed colleges was conducted by the MCC.

A doctor, who managed to get a seat in a civic-run hospital, said NEET results were out midJuly , but the process started only in the second week of August.“After the first round, a case in the Andhra court and then the Kerala court stalled the process for a few days. Admissions were to conclude by August-end, but due to the delays, the court extended the deadline till September 14,“ said the doctor.

Assistant Director General (ADG) NEET, Dr B Srinivas, said that the candidates selected options of colleges. “When seats were allotted in the second round, very few seats were vacant.But students have not accepted the seats allotted to them during the rounds. This has led to a lot of vacancies. Some of them are in government colleges too,“ he said.

Dr Kailash Sharma, director (academics), Tata Memorial Centre, said that seats are vacant due to the non-availability of a third round. He said that a mop-up round should be conducted by competent authorities in different states. The NBE conducted NEET SS on the basis of specialty subjects rather than conducting it on specific subjects like surgical oncology , cardiology , medical oncology , etc. Sharma raised concern over this anomaly as it was observed that a particular subject has showed dominance in getting the superspecialty seat for which candidates from two to three subjects were eligible to compete. A case in Kerala had challenged this anomaly in the court, but the matter was not resolved, due to shortage of time.

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