Pupils shun non-clinical PG courses, many seats vacant in Punjab - ECAS Punjab

Pupils shun non-clinical PG courses, many seats vacant in Punjab

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Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 14

Microbiology branch most favoured

  • It is first time in the last many years that medical students have shown some interest in the microbiology branch

  • Microbiologists are in high demand after the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country

  • The Health Department is contemplating to shift its priorities vis-agrave;-vis microbiology research to deal with new viruses

  • Until recently, this branch had few takers

In most of the medical colleges in the state, students have shunned non-clinical post-graduate (MD) courses as they are not as lucrative as the clinical courses.

As many as 89 of the total 124 MD seats in six non-clinical branches are still vacant in seven medical colleges in the state. In an endeavour to fill these seats, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Friday invited the candidates for the fourth round of admission to these seats.

Experts in the medical education field said the response and demand for non-clinical courses, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and community medicine, was coming down and this year it had slipped further.

For the admission to 23 MD seats in the anatomy branch, there is not even a single candidate this time. In the biochemistry branch, 15 of the 17 seats are lying vacant presently.

Similar is the situation in pharmacology, physiology and community medicine branches.

It is first time in the last many years that medical students have shown some interest in the microbiology branch. Microbiologists are in high demand after the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

The Health Department is even contemplating to shift its priorities vis-agrave;-vis microbiology research to deal with new viruses, so many students have shown interest in the microbiology branch this time. Otherwise, until recently, this branch failed to attract many students.

Experts said one of the reasons for students not opting for the non-clinical branches was that there were BSc and MSc courses available in pharmacology, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Though pathology is also a non-clinical branch and has weightage equal to biochemistry and microbiology, but many doctors opt for MD in pathology since MSc in the subject is not available.

Of the 40 seats in the pathology course in Punjab, only one seat has remained vacant.



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