Odisha govt hikes stipend of pre and para-clinical PG students

The State Government on Tuesday hiked the stipend for doctors pursuing Pre and Para-Clinical Post Graduation courses in Government-run Medical College and Hospitals. As per the decision, stipend has been increased to Rs 48,302 from Rs 39,950 for first year students, Rs 50,658 for second year and Rs 53,014 for third year, respectively. “The CM has approved financial incentive of Rs 18,000 per month for doctors pursuing Pre and Para-Clinical Post Graduation courses in Govt Medical Colleges. Both In-service& Direct PG students will get incentive over & above their salary & stipend respectively,” said Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena in a press release. “Incentive will encourage more students to take up Pre and Para Clinical disciplines as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, FMT, Pathology, Microbiology & Community Medicine and lead to filling up of vacant posts in Government services,” the Minister added. The State Government had earlier announ…

Central medical units not following MCI norms

In its recently revised guidelines, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has enhanced the upper age limit for appointment to senior residentship from 33 to 40 years. Some doctors have, however, pointed out that some Central and autonomous medical institutions have still not implemented these guidelines. In a letter written to the Health Minister on December 25, 2017, the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FORDA), an umbrella body of resident doctors, pointed out that the guidelines have been implemented in Delhi government institutions but the not in Institutions such as AIIMS and PGI, Chandigarh. "Implementation of the 40 year age criteria for senior residents will help in filling up the posts lying vacant in our medical institutions. In addition to this, various state governments have rural service bonds after MBBS and some have service bonds after post-graduation as well. Many doctors are well above the age of 33 years when they complete the compulsory posting.  B…

In defence of doctors: How short-sighted and populist politics is wreaking havoc with healthcare today

By Dr. Amrinder Bajaj The writer is Unit Head, obstetrics and gynaecology, Max Shalimar Bagh and Pitampura. First Fortis, then Max and now BL Kapoor Hospital have fallen prey to slander. All three hospitals serve thousands of patients everyday in Delhi and NCR. The latest video doing the rounds is of Bobby Kataria and his mob laying siege to Balaji Action Hospital – 1.9 million FB views in 48 hours – to exploit the death of a six-day-old baby, probably for political gains. Hospitals have become arenas for populist political battles where slogans and protests, threats and abuses are hurled at random. They are ignited and stoked by an irresponsible section of media that sensationalises without verifying facts. Much hue and cry was made of the ‘live baby’ wrapped callously in a plastic bag at Max Shalimar Bagh when it was a mere five months (22 weeks) old fetus that had negligible chances of survival. Such fetuses can go into a state of suspended animation for a varying period of time and…

NBE Removes Executive Director Bipin Batra Over Violation Of Rules

The National Board of Examinations (NBE), regulatory body for postgraduate medical education, has removed its executive director Bipin Batra for allegedly occupying the post in violation of rules. The move comes in the wake of allegations of irregularities, lack of transparency and malfunctioning of the NBE administration, with the latest being charges of malpractices in the conduct of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a meeting here yesterday, also ordered an inquiry into various charges of irregularities against Batra. “Bipin Batra shall cease to discharge the functions of executive director, NBE, with immediate effect,” said a draft resolution adopted by the board. It also said Rashmikant Dave, vice president, NBE has been appointed honorary executive director till a regular appointment is made to the post in compliance with rules. NBE president Abhijat Sheth, when contacted by PTI, confirmed …

Fee unification: Exorbitant hike in medical PG fee

The Kerala government has passed orders fixing the fee for PG medical courses(clinical) at ₹14 lakh. Non-clinical PG degree would cost ₹8.5 lakh. This fee would be applicable for colleges under the Kerala Christian Professional College Management Federation for the academic year 2017-18. The fee was arrived at following discussions between the federation representatives and the Health Minister. The annual fee for the PG diploma (clinical) course would be ₹10.5 lakh. The fee for the superspecialty course would be ₹18.5 lakh. The fee for the NRI quota would be ₹35 lakh. The R. Rajendra Babu Fee Regulatory Committee on Friday passed order making this fee structure applicable to all other self-financing colleges in the State.

NEET PG scam: Medical entrance server was hacked, two held, say cops

With the arrest of two people, Delhi Police have cracked a case wherein computer servers were allegedly hacked during the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET-PG), held to admit students into postgraduate medical courses in December, 2016. Raids are also being held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Bihar and other cities to nab the rest of the accused, which include some doctors, police said. Police said the arrested persons have been identified as Abhishek Singh, a native of Varanasi, and Atul Vats, a native of Patna. “Police received information on January 20 that some people cracked the online medical entrance examination, held between December 5 and December 13, after hacking the servers. With the help of technical surveillance, police identified the accused and teams were formed to unearth the conspiracy,” police sources said, adding that a case has been registered following a complaint by Inspector Ashish Kumar, who was the leading the investigation team before Inspector Lokendra Ch…

Doctors with PG from abroad can teach in medical colleges

Physicians holding postgraduate medical qualifications awarded in countries like the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will now be eligible to teach in medical colleges in India. 
Medical Council of India (MCI) has amended the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 to usher in the change which could help meet the shortage of teachers in Indian medical colleges, including those in the state where numerous teaching posts are lying vacant. Till now, those with an overseas PG medical degree had to clear an eligibility test for registration and thereafter apply for a teaching job in Indian medical schools.

A postgraduate degree — MD/MS/DM/MCh — is the minimum qualification required to apply for the post of assistant professor in Indian medical colleges.

While students with medical degrees from the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada were exempted from the Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGA) examination in order to pursue medical practice in India, they were not allowed to hold te…