Medical PG seats proposed in State, 200 seats for poor: Mayo, Medical seats may increase

DEP proposes increase in Medical PG seats, exit exam for MBBS students – The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has extended the deadline for different suggestions and submission of comments regarding Draft National Education Policy, 2019. HRD Minister has stated that public, as well as stakeholders, would now be able to submit their suggestions till July 31 this year. The date for giving suggestions was extended after there was an uproar in different quarters of Upper House i.e. Rajya Sabha regarding this matter. 


The policy recently announced that it would take care of another important area which is Medical Entrances regarding NEET PG courses. 


Earlier, DEP had stated that there is a lack of quality doctors which also includes the specialists in India. Over 600 hospitals should be upgraded in order to teach several Health Science courses. The govt should invest in infrastructure related to Medical Specialists at the earliest. It should incorporate the upgrades related to Medical studies as soon as it can. 


The Draft National Education Policy (DNEP) also included the issue of lack of Medical PG seats in India. According to several reports, seats for Post graduation Courses are about half of the number of MBBS seats in India. In accordance with a hospital’s infrastructure, the government should consider increasing the number of PG seats in that hospital. 


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According to the Draft Policy, the officials have proposed a skill-based training program certificate for Lab technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians and General Duty Assistants. The proposed certificate program would be for one to two-year duration. 


Apart from increasing the medical PG seats, the Draft Education Policy has also proposed an exit exam for MBBS students. According to the policy, this exit exam would also serve for the dual purpose of admission into Medical courses. If this suggestion gets approved by the Union Health Ministry, an exit exam would be conducted for the MBBS students by the end of their fourth year. It would also save these students from the additional stress of appearing for PG entrances. 


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