West Bengal University of Health Sciences plans to admit 30 additional students for two postgraduate courses - Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DGO) and Diploma in Child Health (DCH). However, these additional seats are not recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).Chittaranjan Seva Sadan will get 10 extra students each in the DGO and DCH courses, while the DCH course in B C Roy Hospital with get the remaining 10.
PG Times had reported on June 18 that as many as 35 postgraduate medical seats, including MD and MS seats, are lying vacant this year because students who had initially taken admission had switched to institutes outside Bengal. Thus this year there is going to be a serious crisis of post graduate trainees in the state's teaching hospitals, as these 35 seats will be vacant. Now to fill up the vacancy in the teaching hospitals WBUHS has decided to go for additional 10 seats of DGO and 20 additional seats of DCH.
WBUHS controller of examinations K P Sinha said that the aim is to have enough specialist doctors, as both gynaecologists and paediatricians are of much demand in the state. He said that those who passed the West Bengal Post Graduate Medical Admission Test 2016 are eligible for admission to these seats. "Those qualifying from these seats can get state jobs and can practice in Bengal as specialists, even though their course is not recognized by MCI. We will even provide them with stipendEven we will be providing stipends to the students who will be undergoing these courses under these additional seats." He said that these DGO and DCH seats were earlier there but were withdrawn. Now WBUHS is again introducing them.
ABVP medical chapter convenor Dr Indranil Khan, however, asked: "What will be the fate of doctors who study in non-recognized seats? If they admit students in these seats, is there any need of quality control by MCI?"
Dr Nirmal Maji, chairman of assembly standing committee on health, said that he will pursue the matter with MCI to get clearance for these seats.