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Central system in offing for PG medical admission

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The Gujarat government has decided to introduce a centralised admission policy (CAP) for admission to post-graduate medical courses but it yet to chalk out its final plan.
The government stated this, on Thursday, before justice Paresh Upadhyay of the Gujarat high court (HC) during the hearing of a petition filed by MS University’s PG course aspirant Khushbu Prajapati.
The government has to convey to HC its final decision about CAP to abolish dissimilarities in the pattern of admission in medical colleges of different universities of the state.  “The state stated in the affidavit that they principally agreed about CAP but they need time to formulate it and how to implement it. They also sought time for that,” said Sudhir Nanavati, senior counsel, who appeared on behalf of Prajapati.
“However, the high court asked the government to take decision expediously and inform the court about the final decision on Monday,” the counsel added.
The issue of admission in PG medical courses has been trap…

9 students in the dock for blocking PG seats

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The Comed-K counselling for postgraduate medical courses that commenced here on Thursday was marred by the revelation that a few students from Rajasthan attempted to block the seats and sell them off. 
Muralidhar Kumawat, a student from Rajasthan who was ranked 48th, was found trying to take a seat and selling it off for Rs five lakh. He was one of the nine students from that state who tried to “engage in malpractice”, the Comed-K claimed.
The Comed-K acted after receiving a fax message. Later, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) officers arrived, with a list of eleven more candidates suspected to be involved in blocking seats.
At the counselling, all 373 medical seats on offer were taken up. As per a Supreme Court order, the first will be extended to May 31. Candidates who have selected the seats should report to the concerned college by June 7.
Else, the seats will go back to the general category and offered to eligible candidates in the second round likely scheduled for July.

NEET-PG Counselling Schedule

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NEET-PG Counselling Schedule Announced.
3 Rounds from June 4 to July 24.

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Counselling for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma and MDS Courses

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The Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will begin online counselling for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma and MDS courses under the All India Quota Seats in various Government Medical Colleges/Institutes from 4th June 2013. The details of the counselling schedule will be available at www.mcc.nic.in. The counselling will be held up to 24th June, 2013 and thereafter the seats remaining vacant will be surrendered to the respective State Government for filling them under the State quota. The last date for admission on MD/MS/PG diploma and MDS courses has been extended this year to 31st July, 2013. 
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MCI to be reconstituted

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The government on Thursday approved the reconstitution of Medical Council of India (MCI) with former Director General Health Services R K Srivastava replacing K K Talwar as Chairman of the Council's Board of Governors. Health ministry sources said that a formal notification about the reconstitution would be issued on Friday. The new seven-member board, approved by health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, will have a term of six months within which MCI elections will be held and the original democratic structure restored. The government has already moved a new bill which is yet to be passed, sources said. "The term of the last Board of Governors expired on May 13, necessitating an ordinance to form a new board until Parliament passes the new Indian Medical Council Amendment Act, which provides for the restoration of elected MCI and fixes the tenure of its President to root out corruption," said a senior official. He said that the new Board of Governors was approved on Thursday by th…

How Does the Brain React to a Romantic Breakup?

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You're in the midst of a breakup and feel like a different person. You find yourself spending a lot of time longing for your ex, constantly checking her Facebook updates, and wondering what went wrong. This shift in patterns of thought and behavior may be caused by neural changes that occur after a breakup. Neuroimaging studies have found that being rejected, even by a stranger, activates many of the same regions in the brain as when experiencing physical pain. In one study, biological anthropologist Helen Fisher of Rutgers University recruited brave participants who held still in a functional MRI scanner while they looked at pictures of the person who had recently dumped them. These participants exhibited increased brain activity in several regions associated with reward, motivation, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which helps to explain why you might struggle to let go after a romantic relationship ends. Grief can also be a part of the breakup process. In another brai…

Ranbaxy seeks to convince Jaslok, Medicity on quality of its medicines

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Faced with the prospect of losing major hospital clients, Ranbaxy Laboratories will hold ‘goodwill meetings’ with some leading chains, sources said.

The trouble-stricken company has sought appointment with at least two major hospitals -- Mumbai-based Jaslok and Gurgaon-based Medanta Medicity. 

This move comes in the wake of Jaslok recently issuing an advisory asking its doctors to avoid prescribing drugs manufactured by Ranbaxy.

Some others, including Medanta, are reviewing the matter.

Around a fortnight ago, faced with allegations of selling adulterated and unapproved drugs, Ranbaxy had pleaded guilty to making fraudulent statements to the US regulator about testing of medicines and of violating other norms.

The company agreed to pay a $500-million penalty to US authorities.

An email questionnaire to Ranbaxy did not elicit any response. Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director of Medanta Medicity, confirmed that Ranbaxy officials were visiting the hospital on Thursday for a meeting.

“I…

Demanding NEET scores to be factored in for postgrad admission in medical colleges, 99 students approach high court

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As many as 99 medical students filed a petition in the Gujarat high court on Wednesday regarding the pattern of admission in the postgraduate course to medical colleges affiliated to various universities in the state. This comes close on the heels of the petition filed by the students of MS and Bhavnagar universities.  The students mainly demanded preference during admission based on scores obtained by them in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Neet) examination conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI).  “After hearing our petition, Justice Paresh Upadhyay issued notices to the state government and Gujarat University (GU) while fixing June 12 as the next date of hearing,” said senior counsel DC Dave, who appeared with counsel Nimesh Patel on behalf of the students.  “We have demanded preference for the students of medical colleges affiliated to GU while granting admission in postgraduate courses based on the Neet scores obtained by the students,” said Dave.  “If the govern…

SC extends medical course admissions to July 31

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The Supreme Court has allowed a plea to extend the time schedule for admission to MBBS and post-graduate courses in all medical colleges across the country till July 31.
A bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra passed the order by allowing a bunch of interlocutary applications, including the one filed by Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the purpose. As per the court’s earlier directive, the admission had to be complete by May 31 but it became impossible in view of challenges made by some of the private medical colleges to the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). 
In their plea, all of the applicants urged the court to revise the time schedule for counselling/admission in terms of its letter issued by the MCI on May 22 for the academic year 2013-14. “Having heard learned counsel for the parties and upon perusal of the earlier orders passed by the court and the letter dated 22.05.2013, the time schedule is extended to 31.0…

Nagpur's medical post-graduate seats to be regularized soon

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The post-graduate (PG) seats increased in 2010 in both Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) may finally be regularized soon. A team of subject experts nominated by Medical Council of India (MCI) is in the city for past few days and conducting the inspection for 21 increased seats in GMCH and 12 in IGGMC.
On the face of it, chances of rejection of any of these seats for lack of staff and infrastructure are almost zero as both colleges had already been running PG courses in all subjects barring a few new ones and the new seats would only require a few extra teachers. But teachers in both colleges were caught off-guard when the MCI inspectors landed up suddenly, leading to some chaos. Though, things settled in just a day.

GMCH dean Dr Rajaram Powar told TOI the college had been granted a provisional increase of 21 seats in 16 subjects in 2010 when the central government increased PG seats in government medical colleges across t…

Questions and dealing with desire

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A boy asked a question, and before Sri Sri could answer, he was ready with another question. To this Sri Sri said, "If you hold on to the question, how will you receive the answer?” Give away the question to me and then you will find that you are already in the answer. Desires arise on their own... don’t they? Do they ask you before they come? When they come, what do you do with them? And if you don’t want to have any desire, then that itself is another desire. Now here is a clue for you: If you want to get on a plane or go to a movie, then you have to buy a ticket. This ticket needs to be given at the door. If you hold onto the ticket, how will you go in? If you want to be admitted to a college, you must fill out an application form and then you must submit it; you cannot hold onto it. On the journey of life, you have to keep submitting your desires and not hold onto them. And as you keep submitting them, fewer desires come up. Unfortunate are those who keep on desiring and yet their desi…

Govt scraps Punjab domicile condition for PG admissions

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The Punjab domicile certificate will no longer be mandatory for seeking admission to postgraduate medical and dental courses in private medical colleges of the state. The Punjab government's decision has led to apprehension that applicants from the state might lose out to candidates from other states.
In a notification issued last month by principal secretary, medical education and research Vini Mahajan, regarding postgraduate diploma/degree courses in the upcoming session, there is no reference to the Punjab domicile certificate for seeking admission to private medical colleges of the state. The decision was taken while introducing the National Eligibility Entrance Test for Post Graduate Courses (NEETPG-2013).
Earlier, it was mandatory for candidates to have the Punjab domicile certificate to get admission to postgraduate courses in private or government medical colleges from the seats reserved for residents of the state. "The state government should have reserved seats in pri…

Neet or not? Admission to PG med courses in legal tangle

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The issue of admission in post-graduate medical courses has been trapped in a legal battle as many students have filed petitions in the Gujarat high court (HC).
A couple of students, who studied MBBS in colleges affiliated to Bhavnagar University in Bhavnagar and MS University in Vadodara, have demanded conduct of admission based on marks obtained by them in MBBS.
On the other side, a group of MBBS students of MS University have protested the petitions and sought admission based on Neet score. The HC is likely to hear the matter after June 10.
Meanwhile, the state government plans to place all medical colleges of different universities in the state under a single umbrella and admit students through a centralised admission system.
The government lawyer, on Monday, stated before the HC that the state might abolish the system of giving admission based on merit list prepared with marks obtained by students in MBBS. Instead, the state might adopt a uniform policy of giving admission through sc…

AIIMS May 2013 Results Declared

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AIIMS May 2013 results have been declared at AIIMS Notice Board.

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West Bengal Counselling Update

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In partial modification of the earlier order, candidates are requested to submit the hardcopy of properly downloaded documents with DD by hand at Swasthya Bhavan IMMEDIATELY.


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Mother dies, delivers 'normal baby', then comes back to life

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In a miracle, a 36-week pregnant American woman, who was technically dead as her hearthad stopped, has delivered a "normal" baby.
In February, Erica Nigrelli, a teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, was teaching English when she passed out.
Her colleagues immediately grabbed her. They kept her alive until paramedics arrived and rushed her to a hospital.
Nigrelli's husband, Nathan, also a teacher at the school, was just two floors down. He rushed into the room.
"I opened the door and walked in. Erica was lying on the floor, she was foaming and making gurgling sounds and just staring up," he was quoted as saying by CNN affiliate KPRC.
"My wife is pregnant," he said. "She's having a seizure! The baby's due in three weeks!"
By the time 32-year-old Erica was rushed to the hospital, doctors could not find a pulse. Her heart had stopped.
Doctors delivered the baby by emergency cesarean section. Technically, it was a postmortem delivery b…

Differently-abled cry foul over PG seats

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Physically challenged candidates who turned up for medical tests at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) on Friday complained of discrimination in the physically handicapped (PH) quota for postgraduate medical and dental seats. Rajkumar (name changed), who suffers from a medical condition where the limbs are shorter, had come for his medical test from Tumkur. He has completed MBBS from Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences. “Despite having short limbs, I am confident that I can make a good surgeon. Still, the PH quota rules classify us under upper limbs and lower limbs. Why discriminate us when we have the required skills?” he asks. Another candidate, Lakshmi, who completed MBBS from Mysore Medical College, rued the “lack of opportunities” in clinical medicine. “The Medical Council of India (MCI) specifies 3 per cent reservation across faculties for PH candidates. While the total intake has increased, the PH quota percentage has remained the same for years. The counselling p…

No separate medical entrance test in Assam

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The Assam government has decided that it will not conduct a separate post-graduate medical entrance test and will rather follow the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) from this year. Counselling will start as soon as the state merit list of the NEET-PG comes. The result of the NEET-PG exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was declared on May 17. A source said, "We did not receive the state merit list till date. As soon as we receive it with the existing rules, we will go for counselling." He added that 50 per cent of the total seats in the state will be allotted by NEET-PG for the state. "Earlier, the state government used to conduct its own entrance test for post-graduate medical studies," the source said.

West Bengal PG Counselling 2013

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A Woman Pregnant For 46 Years Gave Birth To A Mummy

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In 1955, Zahra Aboutalib,26, went into labour.  She was rushed to hospital because after forty-eight hours, the baby was still unborn. She was supposed to have a caesarean section, but convinced she may die in agony on the operating table, Zahra turned and fled in panic.  She then felt excruciating pain for days. All of a sudden the pains stopped, so Zahra believed that everything is all right and the baby would be born at a later date. This never happened. As the time passed, Zahra adopted three children and became a grandmother. Aged 75, the agonising pains returned so Dr Taibi Quazzani sent her for scans. The result was shocking: the mass inside Zahra’s stomach was a calcified baby. Unable to be born, the baby – which had developed outside the womb and fused with Zahra’s internal organs – had died. In order to protect itself from infection from this ‘foreign body’, the body developed a layer of hard calcified material around the dead baby, which hardened over the years. Luckily, the op…

Gujarat PG students to pay Rs 10 lakh bond, serve three years in rural areas

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The Gujarat state government has also introduced Rs 10 lakh bond for post graduate medical students studying in government colleges and they too will have to serve in rural areas for three years. Earlier the post graduate students did not have to sign any such agreement.Gujarat is facing severe crisis had earlier this year, in a move which will take super specialist treatment right to the rural areas, decided to give appointment to private doctors in the government hospital at district and Taluka level hospitals.
Health Minister Nitin Patel had made the announcement in the assembly that in order to provide super specialized treatment to the people, the government has decided to have the services of physician, surgeon, Orthopedic surgeon, pediatrician, obstetrician and Gynecologists, Radiologist, Ear nose throat and pathologists for the Community Health Centre and the sub district hospitals. Patel had said that the doctors will have to give his services for three hours in a day, for six…

Number of MBBS and PG medical seats in India

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LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 37 dated 23rd NOVEMBER, 2012  (a) The number of Government and private medical colleges in the country indicating the number of seats for graduation (MBBS) and Post Graduation (PG) seats therein, State/UT-wise; (b) Whether the number of MBBS and PG seats available in the medical colleges is sufficient to meet the shortage of doctors in the country; (c) If so, the details thereof and if not, the steps taken/proposed by the Government to increase the number of MBBS and PG seats in existingmedical colleges and set up new medical colleges or upgrade the districts hospitals across the country, State/UT-wise; (d) The details of proposals received, approved, rejected and pending for setting up of medical colleges during each of the last three years and current year, State/UT-wise? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (SHRI GHULAM NABI AZAD) (a) to (d) A Statement is laid on the Table of the House. STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO LOK SABHA STARRED…