Monday, September 26, 2016

States for more say in body replacing Medical Council of India

States, in their deliberations with the government's think-tank Niti Aayog, have pitched for more representation in the National Medical Commission (NMC), the new body likely to replace Medical Council of India (MCI)
"Aayog held meetings with the states earlier this month and the state governments have expressed their opinion that they should get more say in the governing bodies under the NMC," a source said.
The state governments feel that more participation in the working of NMC will help formulate policies and regulations, which are more broad-based and cater to aspirations of all the states, he added.
A high-level committee headed by Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya has proposed scrapping the controversy-ridden MCI and replacing it with the NMC.
Besides Panagariya, the panel, which is looking into the issue of poor regulation of medical education by MCI, includes Prime Minister's Additional Principal Secretary P K Mishra, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and the health secretary.
Under the present MCI composition, one member from each state other than a Union Territory is nominated by the Centre in consultation with the state government concerned.
One member from each state, in which a State Medical Register is maintained, is to be elected from among themselves by persons enrolled in such a register who possess medical qualifications.
NMC will become the main regulatory body and will take over all roles and responsibilities of MCI.
The new body will have eminent doctors and experts from related fields to steer medical education in the country so as to ensure quality of education is at par with global standards.
NMC will have around 19-20 members, including the chairman, and their tenure will be about five years. It will also have members from other fields such as economics and law.
It will have four boards Under Graduate Medical Board, Post Graduate Medical Board, Accreditation and Assessment Board and a board for registration of medical colleges as well monitoring of ethics in the profession.
There will also be a Medical Advisory Council (MAC), with members from states who can be an eminent professional such as a professor from a medical college and the like. There will be two members from Union Territories. NMC members will also be its members and its role will be advisory.
Earlier this year, a parliamentary committee had called for revamping the MCI, saying it has failed in its role as a regulator which has led to a downfall in India's medical education system.

Capitation fees out, private medical colleges hike tuition charges

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With the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) becoming a hurdle to charging capitation fees, private medical colleges across India have substantially hiked tuition fees, while the cost of medical education in government colleges remains the same.

Tamil Nadu saw the highest jump in cost of private medical education. At Chennai's SRM Medical college, the tuition fee is now Rs 21 lakh a year or Rs 94.5 lakh for the four-and-a-half year MBBS course, against Rs 10 lakh per annum last year. This does not include expenses on books and lodging.

In Katihar Medical College in north Bihar, the annual tuition fee has been revised from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12.5 lakh. In Delhi, at the Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences, tuition fees in the management quota is up from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 18 lakh.

In government colleges, the sums range from as little as Rs 9,000 for the entire MBBS course in Rajasthan to Rs 4.4 lakh in Punjab. While most private medical colleges come under the purview of the Supreme Courtappointed fee committees in each state, deemed universities rarely come under the states' radar, leaving room for them to arbitrarily fix fees -a trend seen across the country . At Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai, for example, the official fee is hiked by 3% every year. In 2013, the annual fee stood at Rs 8.5 lakh. This year, it's up by 32%. Students now have to pay Rs 16.5 lakh annually or Rs 76.2 lakh for their entire course. Similarly , at Chennai-based Saveetha University, the annual tuition fee has gone up from Rs 9 lakh last year to Rs 15 lakh now.

Private universities say their overheads have been very high. "MCI stipulations for hospitals and college infrastructure are very stringent. We also need to woo faculty from clinical practice, which isn't easy ," said Dr Raj Bahadur, vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, which conducts centralised counselling for medical colleges in Punjab. Some heads also cited competition from other medical colleges as a reason for pushing up their fees.

Data collected by TOI from across the country suggests that studying medicine in the private sector could be most expensive in Tamil Nadu and cheapest in Gujarat and Karnataka. However, in many states, capitation fee is collected in cash over and above the hiked fees. For instance in Maharashtra, many private colleges are learnt to be taking Rs 40-60 lakh or Rs 70-75 lakh in the deemed universities. This makes it difficult to estimate the actual cost of private sector medical education.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NEET-PG 2017 Notification

NEET-PG shall be held in 86 test centers at 41 cities.

NEET PG FAQs by Dr. Bipin Batra

Q1. Who shall conduct the NEET-PG 2017?
National Board of Examinations is the prescribed authority for conduct of NEET-PG for entrance to MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses in terms of Section 10 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 as amended in 2016.
Q2. How many test centres have been engaged for NEET-PG?
NEET-PG shall be held in 86 test centers at 41 cities.
Q3. What is the scheme of NEET-PG?
NEET-PG shall be held as a Computer Based Test and shall comprise of 300 Multiple Choice Questions from the MBBS curriculum followed at medical colleges in India duly prescribed as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulation notified by Medical Council of India with prior approval of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

Q4. What is the scope of NEET-PG?
NEET-PG 2017 shall be a single eligibility cum entrance examination namely ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses’ for the academic session 2017 which will include the following:
1.       All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses (all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana) 
2.       State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana) 
3.       MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at all Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country 
4.       MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions. 
5.       DNB Broad specialty courses (January 2017 Admission Session)
Q5 What is the official website for NEET-PG?  
The website for NEET-PG ( shall be available with effect from 24/09/2016 and online registration for the NEET-PG shall commence from 0700hrs on 26/09/2016 till 31/10/2016 (23:59hrs). The entire procedure for registration and application for the examination is online.

Q6. What are the important dates for NEET-PG?
Important Dates for NEET-PG shall be as follows:
Online Registration     :           26th September – 31st October 2016
Testing Window           :           5th – 13th December 2016
Declaration of Result  :           On or before 15th January, 2017

Q7. What is the candidate support for NEET-PG?
A toll free number 1800 11 1700 and E-mail support is available is available for candidates with effect from 26/09/2016.

Q8. Which all institutions are exempted from National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-PG?
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh; JIPMER, Pondicherry; NIMHANS Bangalore; Sri Chitra Institute, Trivandrum shall be conducted their own entrance examination as they are covered by separate acts of Parliament and NEET-PG merit list is not binding on these institutions.

Q9. What about Counseling for MD/MS/PG Diploma seats?
The counselling in respect of 50% All India quota seats shall be conducted by Medical Counseling Committee constituted by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India ( Whereas for the counseling for seats owned and controlled by State governments, candidate may approach the concerned Department of medical education /University notified by the respective State Government.
We have attempted to provide the relevant information at the NEET-PG website as so available with National Board of Examinations for counseling of seats and admission procedure to be adopted by private medical colleges /institutes / deemed universities. The details may be obtained from the respective institute /deemed university and the website of Medical Council of India (

Q10. What is the subject wise distribution of questions for NEET PG 2017?
Anatomy 15, Physiology 15, Biochemistry 15, Pharmacology 20, Microbiology 20, Pathology 25, Forensic Medicine 10, Social & Preventive Medicine 25, Medicine Dermatology & Venereology 37, Surgery, ENT, Orthopaedics and Anaesthesia 46, Radio diagnosis and Radiotherapy 12 (6+6), Obstetrics and Gynaecology 25, Paediatrics 15, Ophthalmology 10, Psychiatry 10. (Total 300 questions)
The syllabus of the above topics shall be as per the latest graduate medical education regulations notified by the Medical Council of India, with prior approval of the government of India. For graduate medical education regulations please refer to

Q11. Whether there will be any negative marking?
There will be no negative marking for the NEET-PG. The notification of NEET will be soon released by NBE on its official website with the NEET website getting live on dates mentioned above.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

PGI Jan 2017 session Notification

PGI registration link now live:

Supreme Court tells Centre to take call on national health policy

The Supreme Court says the sterilization programme is not only a public health issue but a national campaign for population control and family planning. Photo: Mint
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the centre to take a call on framing a National Health Policy by 31 December.
“In case the Union of India thinks it worthwhile to have a National Health Policy, it should take steps to announce it at the earliest and keep issues of gender equity in mind,” a bench comprising justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit said.
Apart from this, the apex court gave at least 14 other directives to the centre in a case regarding the issue of conducting ethical sterilization of men and women in camps or accredited centres.
The ruling came on a public interest litigation filed by medical health activist Devika Biswas, drawing the court’s attention to a doctor in 2012 performing at least 53 sterilization procedures in 12 hours in the unsanitary premises of a school in Bihar’s Araria district. The court noted that people are usually not given any pre-procedure counselling and have no idea about the potential risks of undergoing sterilization.
During the course of arguments, the centre insisted that since health is a state issue, there can be little intervention from the Union government in the issue. The court has dismissed this submission.
The court said that the programme is virtually a relentless campaign for female sterilization. Out of 154,347 sterilizations in 2014 only 5,085 are male sterilizations, according to figures available on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
“The sterilization programme is not only a public health issue but a national campaign for population control and family planning. The Centre has an overarching responsibility for the success of the campaign and it cannot shift the burden of implementation entirely on the state governments on the ground that it is only a public health issue,” the court said.
The Sarkaria Commission set up in 1983 on Centre-state relations had also stated that population control and family planning is a matter of national importance and a common concern of the Union and the states.
The court also noted the extremely casual manner in which some of the states responded to the case. “The response of the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Kerala against allegations of mismanagement in at least one sterilization camp stands out. None of these states has given any acceptable response to the allegations,” the court said.
The court also directed the central and state governments to implement the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Guidelines on Standards of Female Sterilization, enacted in October 1999.
The apex court in 2003 had laid down guidelines for compensation for victims of medical negligence in sterilization procedures, as well as accountability for violations of the guidelines.
Pursuant to the court orders the government published a Quality Assurance Manual for Sterilization Services (in 2006); Standards for Female and Male Sterilization (in 2006); and Standard Operating Procedures for Sterilization Services in Camps (in 2008).