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12% PG seats vacant in med colleges

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Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 31

About 12 per cent seats in postgraduate courses of medical science (MD, MS) have remained vacant in seven medical colleges in the state this year.

In the final and stray vacancy round of online counselling, conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on August 30, as many as 86 seats of MD/MS courses remained unoccupied, as per the list of the candidates issued by the university on Monday.

Microbiology, community medicine preferred

  • As the MCI revised the MBBS syllabus last week and added 80 hours of study in the new module for the management of pandemics, there was an increased demand for microbiology and community medicine branches this time
  • In the new module, 14 hours of study for microbiology and 30 hours of community medicine have been added to deal with pandemic-like situations

The university had offered total 671 PG seats in seven medical colleges this time. While the admission on 112 seats was made by the Medical Counselling Committee under all-India quota, the remaining seats were to be filled by the BFUHS.

Besides the management quota seats, even the government quota seats remained vacant in non-clinical courses. A major portion of vacant seats is in non-clinical subjects, such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, forensic, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology.

As the Medical Council of India (MCI) revised the MBBS syllabus last week and added 80 hours of study in the new module for the management of pandemics, there was an increased demand for microbiology and community medicine branches this time.

Facing a shortage of eligible candidates to fill all MD/MS courses, particularly the NRI quota seats, in both clinical and non-clinical courses, the MCI and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had reduced the cut-off marks for NEET-PG this time. The cut-off was reduced by 20 percentile for all category candidates. The qualifying percentile for the NEET-PG has been lowered from 50 to 30 for the general category candidates, for SC/ST and OBC, the qualifying percentile was reduced from 40 to 20 while for general category-PWD and SC/ST and OBC category-PWD, the cut-off percentile was reduced from 45 to 25 and 40 to 20, respectively.



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