Medical Admissions 2020-21

Medical Admissions 2020-21

MBBS pass percentage rises third year in a row

PUBLISH DATE 4th December 2017

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, which recently hosted its 17th convocation ceremony at its headquarters in Nashik, registered a healthy 17.2% rise in pass percentage among MBBS students.

The University, which is charged with providing trained manpower for the state’s healthcare sector, also saw similar numbers in postgraduate, undergraduate and the diploma courses. Experts said the upswing in pass percentage was good news for Maharashtra’s doctor-patient ratio.

According to the University, the overall pass percentage among MBBS students this year was 89.08% — it was 71.85% in 2015-16 and 67.24% in 2014-15. The overall performance of postgraduate students MD, MS) resulted in a pass percentage of 80.94% this year.

The figure was at 80.85% during academic year 2015-2016. The results of BDS, BAMS, BHMS courses too have improved of the past three years, the University said. Due to improving results, the University has also been able to contribute a total of 8,883 doctors to the state this year.

University officials credited students for the marked improvement in results. They said the good performance was because of the “sincerity” with which students were approaching studies. “The pass percentage has been increasing. It’s indeed very good news. Such performance is important for the development of healthcare services in states like Maharashtra,” Dr Suryaprakash Jaiswal, a professor with the Ayurvedic college, said. “The medical field is constantly changing and it’s important that students stay updated with all the new information. This significant 17% rise in the pass percentage is commendable,” he added.

According to Dr Jaiswal, new courses and collaborations that are being introduced by the MUHS, will also play a major role in improving the state’s doctor:patient ratio, which currently stands at 1:481. For allopathy doctors, the ratio is 1:1540 in the state. However, even if this ratio is comforting when compared to the national average of 1:1700, the state still has scope to improve. According to the MUHS’s own data, the state needs a whopping 2,08,842 more doctors to get within touching distance of the standard ratio of one doctor for every 250 patients.

MUHS vice-chancellor, Dr Dileep Mhaisekar, said the improvement in results was because of good work by both teachers and students.

“The results of all examinations were declared within 30 days. For academic year, 2017-2018, we are also conducting fellowship and certificate courses. This means that MUHS will be able to produce a higher number of trained healthcare experts,” he said.

The university is also planning to collaborate with international institutions during the next academic year. Students will be given opportunities to visit foreign universities as part of student-exchange programmes. They will also be eligible to apply for various global research scholarships and workshops, officials said. The university’s heads are also confident that fresh research collaborations will help boost UG and PG results further.

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