Colleges given 1 more month to add PG seats

In a bid to increase postgraduate medical seats at least in the next academic year, the central government has approved the proposal of Board of Governors (BOG) of Medical Council of India (MCI) to extend the last date for receipt of applications for starting of PG courses for the session 2020-21.
Earlier, the date was April 7 but now it has been extended till May 15. As per the revised norms, the ICU beds will henceforth be counted in the total bed strength of the medical colleges which, in turn, will help in creating more postgraduate seats. Colleges will use this period to make estimate of the ICU beds and prepare revised proposals of increased PG seats.
A senior official from MCI claimed that the fresh regulations have a scope for more number of students for each postgraduate teacher. “Colleges will be allowed to file the applications adding ICU seats by May 15. This will surely increase PG seats which is an important step for the government,” the official said.
In fact, the central government is in the process of increasing PG seats in order to implement the 10 % Economically Weaker Section (EWS) reservation introduced in February. The government has given assurance that the EWS quota will be implemented after about 25% increment in seats.
While this development is not going to affect the admission scenario of 2019-20, it is most likely to add significant number of PG seats in Maharashtra by 2020-21.
“Beds in different types of ICU and ICCUs are considered as non-teaching beds. Adding these beds into the teaching section will increase seats to some extent. However, at GMCH, we are already having excess number of beds. So, we have to study the MCI circular before coming out with exact number of seats to be increased,” said GMCH Dean Dr Sajal Mitra.
Interestingly, PG aspirant students of GMCH had staged protest just a day before in the city claiming that PG seats for general category candidates were falling short due to implementation of additional reservation quotas.
“In medicine ICU, usually three junior residents are posted during the day shift and two at night. So, this will certainly increase the number of medicine and anaesthesia seats,” said Dr Sagar Deshmukh, who is leading the PG aspirant doctors.
Currently, there are over 1,400 PG seats in modern medicine in th state. According to the perspective plan of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), PG seats need to be increased up to 1,500 by 2021-22.

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