MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government’s decision to bar doctors who have not completed the oneyear mandatory rural service from postgraduate (PG) courses is likely to affect students who were given admission by the state.
Speaking to HT, officials from medical education department said that the Government Resolution (GR) issued on October 12 is only applicable to 700 seats filled by the state. They said the new rule is biased towards non-domiciles and students from private and deemed medical colleges. Out of 3,100 PG seats, 1,400 are filled by state and Central governments using a 50:50 ratio. The rest of the seats are in deemed and private colleges, or are part of the quota reserved for the institutes to allot.
“Now the issue is that the rule isn’t applicable to the 700 seats filled by the Centre since the GR is only applicable to the state,” said an official, adding that Director of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has written to the state, highlighting the issue.
The official claimed injustice was being done to PG aspirants from Maharashtra, who will be taking admission on merit basis, because MBBS students from private and deemed medical colleges can bypass the rule. A group of more than 5,000 PG aspirants said they will move court, if meetings with Girish Mahajan, state medical education minister, fails to produce result.
“We are not against the rural bond, but letting those who pay huge amounts to become doctors in private medical colleges off the hook is not acceptable. More importantly, we will also investigate on the issue of 50:50 quota between state and Central government because its doing injustice to our students who have been preparing for NEET for more than a year,” said Mahendra Chaudhari, parent of an MBBS student.
Dr Pravin Shingare, director, DMER, said if the GR stays as is they will let the students appear for NEET but will check if they have completed the bond during admissions.
“We can’t stop students from appearing for the nationally accredited exam, but if the situation doesn’t change we will have to check the documentation while admissions. If they haven’t served the bond, they will not get admission for PG courses,” he said.