The health department of the Telengana Government in an endeavour to improve healthcare services has come up with a plan to rope in Private Medical Colleges for using their infrastructure for running government hospitals. The department is in conversation with 20 private medical colleges for the same.

Health Minister Etala Rajendra stated that “Students in private colleges get admission on the basis of merit (clearing NEET exams), and each of the 20 colleges we are in touch with have an attached hospital, professors, associate professors and assistant professors. So, instead of the previous plan of setting up new government hospitals in four corners of the city, we are hoping to use the existing facility at private colleges, as it will be less time-consuming.

In this response, some private colleges have expressed service charges for their facility, while the state government is making effort to convince them to offer services for free.

This plan aims at reducing the huge amount of patient load at the tertiary healthcare centres like Gandhhi Hospital, Osmania General Hospital, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Warangal. Currently, these hospitals are catering beyond their capacity of about 150-200%. There has been about 30-40% increase in out-patients at these hospitals in the last four years. Private colleges having all the facilities caught the attention of the Ministry. And this has lead to the other plan of action.

Besides, other reforms planned for the health sector were strengthening of the cold chain system for drugs and vaccines preservations, focus given on the natural delivery and cutting down on C-sections and completion of free eye-sight screening of the entire state population, under the Kanti Velugu programme.

 

 

Indraprastha University (IPU), Delhi has started inviting applications for MBBS admission for the academic year 2019-20. The applications will offer medical admission in Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (Medical College) Hindu Rao Hospital, Army College of Medical Sciences (ACMS) and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital.

The admissions to all academic programs in the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) will be conducted through Common Entrance Tests (CET). All applications for MBBS admission and other medical courses will be accepted by IPU only through NEET (UG) 2019.

Medical Courses Offered

Currently, applications are being accepted for the following UG medical courses –

Medical Courses Offered IPU

Application Submission Details

The admission brochure released by the university has stated that all applications must be submitted on or before the last date by 4.00pm. However, as of now the last date of application has not been mentioned yet for medical courses.

Detailed MBBS Admission Eligibility Criteria

Here are some of the eligibility criteria for UG medical courses offered by Indraprastha University –

  • Only Indian/Overseas Citizens of India / Nepal Citizens candidates are eligible for admission. Non-Resident Indians and Foreign Nationals are not eligible
  • Only NEET/AIA-PGET qualified applicants (for respective courses) will be considered for admission subject to fulfillment of eligibility criteria
  • Applicants must be medically fit to pursue the allocated course on medical examination
  • Applicant should have attained the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of his admission to the first year of the course
  • For MBBS, candidate should have passed the 12th Class under the 10+2 Scheme/Senior School Certificate Examination or Intermediate Science (I.Sc.) or an equivalent examination of the recognized University/Board of any Indian State with PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY/BIOTECHNOLOGY and ENGLISH (core or elective or functional).

Candidate must have passed in the subject of Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology and English (core or elective or functional) individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology (40% in case of SC/ST/OBC candidates, subject to availability of seat for these categories in the respective institutions).

The table below provides detailed information regarding the eligibility and admission criteria for admission to medical programs-

However, it should be noted that it is the responsibility of the applicants to determine whether they have the requisite eligibility and qualifications for admission. Appearing for the written examination/applying for admissions does not necessarily mean acceptance of eligibility. Moreover, no provisional admission will be done for any result awaited or compartment/ supplementary cases. In case of any dispute, the decision of the Admission Committee will be considered final.

Age limit for MBBS Admission

  • For BHMS/BAMS/MBBS/BDS Programs, candidate should be not less than seventeen (17) years of age as on 31st December 2018
  • The upper age limit for MBBS and BDS programs is 25 years

GGSIPU Admission Application Form

Candidates must submit their application forms through online mode only for all Common Entrance Tests 2019. Candidates may apply online directly from the official IPU website. Simply click the link below-

https://cdn.digialm.com/EForms/configuredHtml/850/55035/application.html

Online Counseling

Candidates can access detailed information about Online Counseling, User Manual and FAQs on the official university website at

www.ipu.ac.in & www.ipuadmissions.nic.in

Admission Brochure For Academic Session 2019-20

Candidates can check out and download the admission brochure for the academic year 2019-20 at –

http://www.ipu.ac.in/Pubinfo2019/Admission2019mian/2019A220319.pdf

The Counseling Schedule Summary is available for download at –

http://www.ipu.ac.in/Pubinfo2019/Admission2019mian/2019C220319.pdf

For any other details regarding the Indraprastha University (IPU), candidates can directly visit

http://www.ipu.ac.in

Currently, private medical colleges across Karnataka are demanding that the state government allows them to hike the annual tuition fees for the academic year 2019-20. The Medical Education Department will meet with the managing authorities of these private medical institutes this Saturday.

The medical colleges are pressing the state government for increasing the fees for UG and PG medical courses. In a statement, President of Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation, M.R. Jayaram said,

“We have made a detailed presentation explaining all our expenditure to show why a fee hike is inevitable.”

The annual tuition fee for government medical colleges was INR 50,000 for MBBS courses in the academic year 2018-19. While the annual tuition fees for institution quota and government quota seats were INR 6.83 lakh & INR 97,350 in private medical colleges respectively during the same period. Students can now apply for the medical seats after clearing NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) UG and PG entrance exams.

Issue for students

A number of student groups protested against the annual tuition fee hike last year. They criticized the move and argued that students from middle-class backgrounds are finding it increasingly challenging to pursue medicine as a career.

A member of the Medical Students’ Struggle Committee, Mohammed Khalandar stated that the group would intensely oppose if the government allows private medical colleges to hike their fees again. He added

“While some students give up their ambition to become a doctor, others from lower economic families take education loans.”

Medical students are also opposing the proposal to initiate Non-Resident Indian quota in government-run medical colleges by the Karnataka state government.

 

To all my medical aspirant friends, if you are preparing for NEET 2020 Exam find here some of the valuable information that will help you plan for your preparation in advance. As you all must know that NEET is a national level entrance exam for admission in MBBS/BDS courses conducted by the National Testing Agency. The NEET 2020 exam will be organised once a year, -in May. NEET being one of the major exams in the country and the only route to the medical career, its preparation should be done adequately.

In the year 2020 around 16 to 17  lakh candidates are expected to appear for NEET for only 63,900 seats. As a result, there will be huge competition among aspirants to crack the exam.  So from the very beginning, you must have a clear picture of the exam pattern, mode of exam, important dates and syllabus etc. With NTA administering the exam there have been certain changes in the mode of exam, its frequency and others.

NEET 2020 Application Information:

Candidates aspiring for NEET 2020 can avail the application form via online mode by visiting the NTA official website. First, they have to register for the exam before proceeding for the application form. Once the registration is done, they will receive login details in their registered Email ID and mobile. Using these details the candidates need to log in and fill the NEET application form.

The application form will be available in online mode only. Candidates are restricted to apply for NEET exam online and there will be no provision of offline submission of application form.

The process of submission of NEET 2020 online application form may start from November 2019. Final dates will be updated at the later stage.
Submission of application form will be through NTA official website.
Students must provide their own mobile number and email address.
Students need to upload their photograph and signature in JPG/JPEG format.
Candidates have to provide following identity details:-
Indian Nationals of all States:- Aadhaar Number, Ration Card Number, Election Card Number, Passport Number or Number issued for other ID Card issued by Government, Bank Account Number.

Foreign Nationals/ OCI/ PIO:- Passport Number

NRIs:- Aadhaar Number, Passport Number
Submission of false information will restrict you to appear in all future exams conducted by NTA. Have to be extra careful in filling up of form.
Students can make payments of application fee through their credit card, debit card, net banking and e-challan.
The exam fee once deposited will not be refunded to the candidate under any circumstances.
Exam fee varies year to year. The probable application fee will be INR 1400/- for unreserved category and INR 750/- for OBC/SC/ST/PWD/Transgender. There will be Service/Processing Charges and GST as per the rules.
Application received without payment will be considered invalid.
NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility for NEET 2020 is as follows:
The candidate must have passed 10+2 with physics, chemistry, biology/biotechnology and English as core subjects in both 11th and 12th from recognised board.
17 years of age as on December 31, 2020.
Must not be more than 25 years of age for unreserved category and 30 years of age for reserved and PwD category.
Minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects. UR- 50%, OBC/SC/ST- 40%, PWD- 45%
No limit on the number of attempts.
NEET 2020 Important Dates:-

EXPECTED neet dates 2020

NEET Admit Card:

The admit card for NEET 2020 Exam can also be downloaded from the NTA official website. The card holds all the details related to the exam date, venue, reporting time etc. Candidates must keep a print out of the same for all future use. The admit cards must be carried in the examination hall as without it no candidate will be allowed to enter and appear for the exam. Candidate needs to affix one photo on the admit card and one photo to be carried along the admit card in the exam hall. The admit card will not be sent to you via post or other means.

NEET 2020 Result:

NEET 2020 results will be out after careful evaluation of the answer sheets. Candidates will be able to check their results from the NTA official website. Students will be able to download their results for future reference. For downloading the details, candidates must log in using their credentials.

NEET Counselling 2020:

Counselling for Seats under 15% All India Quota and all seats in Central Institutions will be conducted by Medical Counselling Committee of the Directorate General of Health Services. All related information will be available in their official website .

Counselling and admission for seats other than 15% All India Seats will be as per instruction provided by State Government and/or authorities of the Medical / Dental colleges, institution, university concerned for counselling. The counselling for private medical colleges excluding the deemed will be with the respective state governments.

As far as the exam pattern, syllabus and preparation strategies are concerned you can refer to our UPSKILL blog.

Now that you have a complete idea about the NEET 2020 exam pattern start preparing from today. With more and more aspirants appearing for NEET, competition is bound to be high. So to qualify for the NEET exam, work hard and stay focused. We will come up with more information related to the exam, stay tuned for our next.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has promised in its manifesto for Lok Sabha Election that there will be scrapping of NEET for medical admissions and ushering in quota in the private sector. DMK chief MK Stalin emphasised this while unveiling the salient features of the party’s manifesto.

Over the past few years, major political parties and students had raised opposition to NEET in Tamil Nadu which took a turn of emotive overtones.  In due regard, Stalin stated that steps would be taken for implementing reservation in the private sector. It was added that party will also waiver of all educational loans taken by students.

Besides, promises related to medical aspirants preparing for NEET, they also stated to reintroduce old pension scheme for both central and state government employees.  The party has also promised to regulate the prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas. The DMK is contesting 20 sets in the state, allotting the remaining 19 to its allies. The state goes to polls in a single phase on April 18, 2019.

 

Recently, the regulations governing Indian medical colleges set up by the Medical Council of India (MCI) was revised so that both private and government medical colleges can retain their total number of seats even after regular inspection. The revised regulations will make sure that medical seats are not lost due to any inspections.

It has also been decided that these medical institutions will be permitted to operate normally even if the colleges have a fewer number of staff and patients than the stipulated 30 per cent & 60 per cent respectively. Previously, disciplinary action was taken in such cases. Earlier, M K Shah Medical College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat had to lose 150 medical seats after an MCI inspection.

Moreover, an additional 450 new seats are expected to be sanctioned in Visnagar, Amreli and Nadiad. This will increase the total number of MBBS seats in Gujarat to 4,600 from 4,000. A state official said “The medical colleges at Dahod, Palanpur, Visnagar, Nadiad, Amreli, Junagadh, Mehsana and Sabarkantha are at various stages of obtaining MCI approval. A few of these are Government run, some are run by trusts like GMERS and some are private.”

“Compliance guidelines have already been given to these colleges and they will be inspected for the next academic year. Recruitment of staff is going on at a couple of colleges, while some will be reinspected for compliance with recommendations,” he added.


In 2018, teaching staff and professors were rearranged previously by the state government in some of the new medical colleges. The official informed that infrastructure is already in place in most of these medical institutions.

 

The Union Government decided to boost the number of medical seats and improve existing medical institutions four years ago. However, not even a single new MBBS seat has been added in medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh as of now.

Lack of new MBBS seats

The state had an initial target of creating 450 new seats within this 4 year period. Furthermore, on a national level, merely 920 new MBBS seats have been added in medical colleges in India. However, it is not only Madhya Pradesh that has failed to sanction the decided target of new medical seats. Apart from Gujarat and Odisha, no other Indian state has been able to create new medical seats in existing medical institutes in their respective states.

After an RTI was filed by Chandrashekhar Gaur, the Union Ministry informed that 2,615 new MBBS seats were set to be created in 36 colleges. Among those, only 450 new seats were to be sanctioned in Madhya Pradesh alone. But even after a period of 4 long years and a grant of INR 100 crores grant from the Union Government for upgrading government medical colleges in MP, no new seat has been created till now.

Medical colleges should be a top priority

Commissioner of Medical Education in Madhya Pradesh, Sheo Shekhar Shukla stated “We have requested the Union Government for inspecting the facilities available for increasing the seats this year. If our request is considered, then the 450 seats could increase from this year itself.

RTI activist Gaur said “If works would have been completed on time like other states, then at least 1,200 students would have got the opportunity of studying in the government run medical colleges in past three years. This clearly reflects the apathy of the officials of concerning department towards the student.”

He added “…the Government should take the upgradation work of the medical colleges on top priority, as on one side it provides opportunities to the students; it will also help in tackling the issue of scarcity of doctors in the state.”

The postponement in the creation of new MBBS seats in the state will not just limit the possibilities for aspiring medical students, but it will also directly impact the availability of medical professionals in Madhya Pradesh in future.

Medical Council of India (MCI) team have conducted an inspection for the sixth time in the MGM Medical College for additional 10 MBBS seats. Finally, the day has come for which the college was waiting for the last five years.  The college has spent about Rs 15 lakh application fees for inspection in overall during this time. But MCI had rejected permission pointing at the loopholes in infrastructure and services related to the college.

According to an official report, last year the MCI team had made it clear that the college lacks adequate infrastructure and have a shortage of space. They were lacking a big lecture hall, auditorium and a huge library. It was also observed the college didn’t have the adequate number of senior resident doctors and resident doctors to guide the students pursuing post graduation.

According to Dr. Jyoti Bindal, dean of MGM “In last five years, MCI has been rejecting application for additional 10 seats due to loopholes in infrastructure. This year we have fulfilled all criteria for which we missed chance of getting permission last year.”

Sources confirmed that the major permission issue of the small library has been resolved. The accounts office and the administrative office has been converted into a reading room and library respectively that increased the space. Moreover, the college now has more equipment, faculty and infrastructure than required.

The MCI report will be out within a week. As soon as MGM gets a nod for 10 seats, they will request for 100 more seats for which the college has already applied to offer 250 MBBS seats for the academic session 2019-20.

79,633 MBBS  doctors have cleared NEET PG this year, of them 215 had disabilities. MBBS doctors with a high level of locomotor disability were denied permission to pursue post-graduate courses. In response to this, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has immediately amended the guidelines stating these candidates could be admitted based on a case to case assessment of ‘functional competency’ with the use of assistive devices.

Earlier many students with a locomotor disability were facing humiliation while undergoing assessment, even though they had cleared NEET. Without adequate assistive devices, they were being assessed and asked to walk without crutches. The MCI amendment notification as such stated that those candidates were earlier declared ineligible due to disability level being assessed non-technically will appear for a reassessment. Currently, the registration phase is on and thereafter choice filling will start from March 19, 2019.

Dr. Satendra Singh of Doctors with Disabilities: Agents of Change stated that “The harassment suffered by these doctors is thanks to the discriminatory and arbitrary guidelines framed by the committee appointed by the MCI.”

Since the committee that had framed the draft guidelines that were used for admissions last year, the same will be responsible to frame current guidelines which have been challenged in the Delhi High Court. This brings relief to the NEET cleared candidates who now have a structured voice to represent them.

 

The Indian Government has been attempting to restructure and reorganize the Medical Council of India (MCI) and medical education in the country since the last 20 years. However, there has been little progress when it comes to the medical council.

Extending MCI BoG Tenure

The Medical Council of India was dissolved by the in 2010 by the UPA government and formed the Board of Governors (BoG) for better operation of the apex medical body. A new law was proposed to substitute the council but as the Government was replaced, the law was never implemented. After several years, the MCI was dissolved yet again by another Government. The Medical Council of India  BoG was constituted with tenure of 2 years, as per a new ordinance announced on 21st February 2019.

With the government’s tenure coming to an end, it is likely that the law substituting the MCI will not be executed, although it is a majority government. Hence the efforts for reforming the apex medical regulatory body and making medical education in Indian better continues.

Medical Council of India & Corruption

The attempts for reorganizing the Medical Council of India (MCI) originally started in November 2001. The Delhi High Court ordered the expulsion of Dr. Ketan Desai, the then president of the council. The HC also accused MCI of a high level of corruption and appointed Maj. Gen. (retd) SP Jhingon as MCI administrator.

In 2002, the SP Jhingon was relieved by the Supreme Court after he complained of being oppressed by MCI members.  In March 2009, Dr Ketan Desai was appointed as the MCI president again and was arrested by CBI on bribery allegations in 2010.

Reconstitution of MCI BoG

In December 2011, the National Council for Human Resources in Health Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha. But it was rejected by a standing committee and the Board of Governors was reconstituted. In March 2013, the IMC (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was introduced by the Government but it was remained unconsidered in the Budget session. Later in the same year, the MCI was reconstituted with 4-year tenure after the Government informed the IMC (Amendment) Second Ordinance 2013.

In December 2017, the NMC Bill 2017 was approved by a cabinet and it introduced in the Lok Sabha by the Health Minister. Later in September 2018, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 was notified for dissolution of the Medical Council of India and a 7 member BoG was formed.

In February 2019, IMC (Amendment) Second Ordinance 2019 was announced which increased the tenure of the new BoG to 2 years and the number of members was extended to 12 from seven.