BY ABDUL RAUF BEIG | NT
PANAJI: Deputy Chief Minister Francisco D’Souza, who is also the Health Minister, on Monday said the state government would ensure that the Goa Medical College graduates would be provided with training so as to prepare themselves for the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exam, which would be mandatory for PG courses from next academic year.
The government has recently issued a circular stating that from the academic year 2016-17 the admissions to the post graduate courses offered at the Goa Medical College would carry 50 per cent weight age for academic performance (MBBS merit) and the remainder 50 per cent for the performance in the AIPGMEE.
The students from 2016-17 would be tested both ways (MBBS passing exam as well as the common entrance test) and would have to do well in both to qualify for admission to post graduate courses in medical college of their choice.
“This has been done to provide for a level playing field for all,” the Health Minister, said.
D’Souza told ‘The Navhind Times’ that since the Goon medical graduates prepare themselves for the syllabus of Goa University and Medical Council of India syllabus, they would require better training for competitive medical entrance examination for post graduate courses where in speed, accuracy and application were necessary for success.
The government was successful in increasing the intake capacity for post graduate degree courses from 85 to 107, an increase of 22 seats half of which would be filled by local students and rest half from the all India quota. For the 54 PG degree seats on offer, 140 students from the GMC sought admission and all seats except a few in pre-clinical departments were filled.
Among the 22 additional seats that were sanctioned by the Medical Council of India and Union health ministry were in the clinical departments like ophthalmology, ENT, community medicine (preventive and social medicine), pulmonary medicine (TB and chest diseases) and skin. The remaining seats were in the departments of anatomy, physiology, bio-chemistry, pharmacology and forensic medicine.
Though the state had sought increased in the number of seats for other clinical departments also the MCI and Union health ministry declined to sanction the same due to shortage of faculty or staff including resident doctors and in some instances shortage of equipment.
The Health Minister said the government would take remedial steps to rectify the shortcomings pointed by the MCI and ensure that the PG degree seats were increased in the next academic year, which would help more Goon students to pursue higher medical courses of their choices and which in turn would help the state overcome shortage of doctors.