As per the recent GR by the Maharashtra Government according to which medical colleges who have not completed their rural bond service before enrolling for PG courses are ineligible for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET) 2018 for postgraduate students. The students would now have to complete their one year rural service bond along with their MBBS in 6.5 years before enrolling for their PG. The students who don’t do so must pay a fine of Rs 15 lakh for Medical and dental graduates, Rs 50 lakh for post-graduates and Rs 2.5 crore super speciality students from government-run colleges.
Earlier the students were given 6 years after MBBS to complete the rural shift as well. Now with the recent government resolution- GR, more than 5,000 students who have enrolled for the PG NEET to be held in January 2018 will be considered in ineligible for not having completed the service bond.
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Many medical students who want to pursue post-graduation and super-speciality courses comply with the rural service for all the courses combined after finishing their academics. However, with the new GR in place, the students can no longer do so.
Around 1.7 thousand medical students and their parents have signed an online petition to requesting the state govt to withdraw the GR.
The grievance by the petitioners to the DMER, CM, Devendra Fadnavis and Minister of Medical Education at the state, Girish Mahajan is that this rule should have been enforced immediately before or during the start of a new academic session, not suddenly a couple of months before the exams where students have been preparing for the upcoming exam last 1 to 2 years. the petition also says that by restricting the government college graduates from PG admissions, the government is indirectly giving an edge to the graduates from private and deemed colleges. The government is also encouraging students to pursue graduation in private colleges and deemed universities which have very high fees, poor infrastructure and very few patients to avail clinical knowledge.
Dr Pravin Shingare, Director, Directorare of Medical Education and Research(DMER) said that the DMER has written to the government requesting a relaxation in the norm to students for 2018-19.
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