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Rural Service : Why No One used 30 marks (10 mark per year) in PG Medical Exams

Rural Service : Why No One used 30 marks (10 mark per year) in PG Medical Exams
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It was amusing to read the following report http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article3434498.ece

The Centre proposed to make it mandatory for MBBS doctors to do a one-year stint in rural areas after its incentives to attract doctors to these less-served areas found few takers.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Lok Sabha on Friday that the Ministry launched a 50 per cent reservation in post-graduate courses for serving MBBS doctors who opted for a three-year stint in rural areas, but it evoked no response.

The government’s incentives for medical students taking post-graduate entrance examinations too did not find any takers — students who did one year of rural service were to get 10 per cent marks as additional weightage, while those who did three years would get up to 30 per cent additional marks, he said.

“But I say it with regret that our doctors have decided not to go to the rural areas. Nobody has come forward to make use of the incentives,” he said.
Mr. Azad said the government was in discussion with the Medical Council of India for changing the policy to make it mandatory for doctors to serve in rural areas for one year.

PTI reports:
Responding to a question, Mr. Azad admitted that a perusal of the Medical Council of India registry revealed that some doctors were registered in as many as three States and there was no record to show whether the practitioners were retired or still practising.
“Even the figure of 8.4 lakh registered with the MCI will have to be revised,” he said.

Questions that come to our mind are

1.
Which Exam Sir ? Which Year Sir ? Was it mentioned in Prospectus Sir ? If it was not mentioned in prospectus, how will others know Sir ?

2. If  <<
The government’s incentives for medical students taking post-graduate entrance examinations too did not find any takers — students who did one year of rural service were to get 10 per cent marks as additional weightage, while those who did three years would get up to 30 per cent additional marks, he said.

“But I say it with regret that our doctors have decided not to go to the rural areas. Nobody has come forward to make use of the incentives,” he said.
>> was true, Why were these marks not awarded to 4000 doctors working in PHCs in Tamil Nadu ??

3. Is the Minister trying to fool us or has the DGHS fooled the minister ?

Well, we have now found the answers. The answer is in

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA
AMENDMENT NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 15th February, 2012
Published on: 27.02.2012

  No. MCI.18(1)/2010-Med./62052       . – In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 33 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956(102 of 1956), the Medical Council of India with the previous approval of the Central Government hereby makes the following regulations to further amend the “Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000”, namely:-
1.       (i)  These Regulations may be called the “Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulations, 2012 (Part-I)”.
(ii) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official Gazette.

Why No One used 30 marks ( 10 mark per year) for Rural Service in PG Medical Exams

Why No One used 30 marks ( 10 mark per year) for Rural Service in PG Medical Exams

2 . Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulations, 2010 (Part II), vide notification No. MCI.18(1)/2010-Med/49070 dated 21st December 2010 published on 27th December 2010, shall be applicable from the academic year commencing from 2013-2014.
3.  In the “Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000”, the following additions / modifications / deletions / substitutions, shall be as indicated therein:-
4. Clause 9 subclause III. under the heading ‘SELECTION OF POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS, as amended vide notification No. MCI.18(1)/2010-Med/49070 dated 21st December 2010, following  shall be substituted as under
“In order to be eligible for admission to any postgraduate course in a particular academic year, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain minimum of marks at 50th percentile in ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduate courses’ held for the said academic year. However, in respect of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks shall be at 40th percentile. In respect of candidates as provided in clause 9(II) above with locomotory disability of lower limbs, the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile. The percentile shall be determined on the basis of highest marks secured in the All-India common merit list in ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduate courses.
Provided when sufficient number of candidates in the respective categories fail to secure minimum marks as prescribed  in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test held for any academic year for admission to Post Graduate Courses, the Central Government in consultation with Medical Council of India may at its discretion  lower the minimum marks required for admission to Post Graduate Course for candidates belonging to respective categories and marks so lowered by the Central Government shall be applicable for the said academic year only.”
5. Clause 9 under the heading ‘SELECTION OF POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS, as amended vide notification No. MCI.18(1)/2010-Med/49070 dated 21st December 2010, following  shall be added after sub-clause IV  which is  as under:-
Provided  that in determining   the merit of candidates  who are in  service of government/public authority, weightage in the marks may be given by  the  Government/Competent Authority as an incentive at the rate of 10% of the marks obtained for each year  of service in remote and/or difficult areas upto the maximum of 30% of the marks obtained in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test. The remote and difficult areas shall be as defined by State Government/Competent authority from time to time.
6. Clause 9 under the heading ‘SELECTION OF POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS, as amended vide notification No. MCI.18(1)/2010-Med/49070 dated 21st December 2010, following  shall be added after sub-clause VI  which is  as under:-
VII. 50% of the seats in Post Graduate Diploma Courses shall be reserved for Medical Officers in the Government service, who have served for at least three years in remote and/or difficult areas. After acquiring the PG Diploma, the Medical Officers shall serve for two more years in remote and/or difficult areas as defined by State Government/Competent authority from time to time.

VIII. The Universities and other authorities concerned shall organize admission process in such a way that teaching in postgraduate courses starts by 2nd May and by 1st August for super speciality courses each year. For this purpose, they shall follow the time schedule indicated in Appendix-III

IX.  There shall be no admission of students in respect of any academic session beyond 31st May for postgraduate  courses and 30th September for super speciality courses under any circumstances. They Universities shall not register any student admitted beyond the said date.

X. The Medical Council of India may direct, that any student identified as having obtained admission after the last date for closure of admission be discharged from the course of study, or any medical qualification granted to such a student shall not be a recognized qualification for the purpose of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The institution which grants admission to any student after the last date specified for the same shall also be liable to face such action as may be prescribed by MCI including surrender of seats equivalent to the extent of such admission made from its sanctioned intake capacity for the succeeding academic year.”

(Dr. Sangeeta Sharma )
Secretary
Medical Council of India

Foot Note : The Principal Regulations namely, “Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000” were published in Part – III, Section (4) of the Gazette of India on the 7th October, 2000, and amended vide MCI notification dated 03.03.2001, 06.10.2001, 16.03.2005, 23.03.2006, 20.10.2008, 25.03.2009, 21.07.2009, 17.11.2009, 09.12.2009, 16.04.2010 and 27.12.2010.

I invite your attention to the words Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulations, 2010 (Part II), vide notification No. MCI.18(1)/2010-Med/49070 dated 21st December 2010 published on 27th December 2010, shall be applicable from the academic year commencing from 2013-2014.

The amendment was notified in 2010.  But it is in effect ONLY from 2013. That means it has not been brought to use at all.

So the answer to the questions are

Which Exam Sir ? No Exam

Which Year Sir ? No Year

Was it mentioned in Prospectus Sir ? The rule is not in use till now. Now it was not mentioned

If it was not mentioned in prospectus, how will others know Sir ?  It is not in vogue till now. These were his words “But I say it with regret that our doctors have decided not to go to the rural areas. Nobody has come forward to make use of the incentives,” How can we use them now ? when the incentives start only from 2013.
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Comments

  1. karthik says:

    POLITICIANS PLAYING WITH EDUCATION ONCE AGAIN!

    IT”s A GOOD POLICY DECISION, BUT IN COMPETITIVE EXAM EVEN ONE PERCENT MARK WILL CHANGE SCENARIO.

    if it comes into action those senior doctors what they can do. those completed 10 yrs back MBBS, THERE was no rural posting AT that time. TNPSC USED TO COME ONCE IN FIVE YEARS. NOW A DAYS ENTERING GOVT. SERVICE IS EASY. YOUNG MBBS OUT COMING STUDENT CAN WORK ANYWHERE. WHAT ABOUT THOSE COMPLETED 10 YRS BACK. SHOULD THEY GO BACK TO VILLAGE and try for PG AFTER some years.

  2. karthik says:

    instead of mark they can allot certain percentage seats for rural areas.

  3. Dr Arvind Kumar Singh says:

    Any age criteria for PG admission because i have done job in rural are for 10 yrs but am more thane 45 year old? Why this policy come late?

  4. I have completed my mbbs &DTCD (diploma in tb chest) in 2009&MPSC in 2009.I got posting in district tb hospital where I am from 3&half yrs.NOW this yr , i knew about IN SERVICE PG COURSE. I got 12th rank in MH PGMCET inservice quota.After 1 month of result,the final list was published &my rank became 47th.this is due to increase of 30% marks because of work in rural areas.if i was familiar to this rule ,i would take post in rural areas.

  5. why marks for rural service alone. give marks for all type of govt service. give more marks for rural service.
    like 5 marks for other govt service like, ESI, RAILWAY, ARMY, STATE GOVT SERVICE.
    3 MARKS FOR EACH COMPLETED YEAR LIKE IN TAMILNADU. MAXIMUM ADDED MARK IS 30.

    DOCTOR COMPLETED eg, DMRT, DMRD, DCP, DIP IN PHYSICAL MEDICINE, DO, what he is going to do in rural areas.

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