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Shortage of PG teachers forces MCI to relax eligibility criteria

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has relaxed the experience criteria required for teachers taking MBBS classes to be eligible to teach PG students. Earlier, a PG teacher needed to have a total of seven years of experience of which five years were supposed to be as Assistant Professor. The relaxed norms now mandate only a four-year experience as Assistant Professor which means a relaxation of one year . The move is to meet the shortage of PG teachers, said a senior official in the Union Health Ministry. A decision in this regard was taken recently at a meeting of the Board of Governors of the MCI which is an autonomous body under the Health Ministry to regulate the medical education standard in the country. The official explained, “The existing regulations provides that a medical teacher can become postgraduate teacher after eight years of teaching experience out of which five years should be as Assistant Professor. This regulation was made when teaching experience of five ye

SC Hearing Update: Jan 31

Heated Arguments continued in supreme court and senior most lawyers on behalf of Minority and private institutions insisted that MCI has no power to conduct National Level entrance exams. After hearing the arguments Judge postponed the case to February 5,2013 . Stay on NEET-PG results continues.

Open Letter to CJI


SC Hearing Update: Jan 30

NEET PG case ( T.C.(C)No.98/2012 and others ) was listed as   item number 11 in the Supreme Court final causelist for 30-1-13, Court no. 1 But it was not taken up for discussion and was postponed again ( They discussed cases 1-10 ) It is now posted as item no.4 in the final causelist for 31-1-13, Court no. 1

Karnataka HC notice to State, MCI

The High Court on Monday issued notices to the State Government, the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (Comed-K) following a public interest litigation seeking a curb on seat-blocking racket in admissions to professional colleges. The petition filed by Prof Ambalike Hiriyanna said 24 students had blocked medical seats for gain and, eventually dropped out of the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS).   Petitioners also sought a detailed probe in to the issue. A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice Abdul Nazeer issued notices and directed them to file objections with a week. Petitioners alleged that the seat-blocking row rampant in allotment of medical seats in the State. As per a clause in the consensual agreement of the State government with the professional institutes, all unfilled government quota seats have to be surrendered back to college manag

AIIMS Buster (including AIPG)

Finally DAMS announces the release of detailed solution of recent AIIMS & AIPG fully contributed by the DAMS faculty team. This book will act as differential for upcoming AIIMS and will give the necessary winning edge. All mistakes of popular guides have finally been resolved.     T his is solution to AIIMS Nov 2012, with AIPG 2012 which is very important for upcoming AIIMS.

Medical degree scam: Students protest at Jantar Mantar

Wanna become a doctor? Go buy yourself a seat. It's as easy as that. The recently introduced National Eligility cum Entrance Test or NEET for medical entrance was supposed to be a correction course. The fact that it's been held up by the courts, at the will of private medical colleges is seeming licence to perpetuate corruption further. Medical students and parents held a protest in delhi against the capitation fee scam by the private medical colleges.

We Demand An Answer


Chalo Bangalore

Fight against COMEDK, KCET & other pvt institutes support for NEET exam. Grand rally from Freedom Park to Bangalore City Jn o n 3 Feb  at 3.30pm . Keep reading PG Times for more updates.

Rally at Jantar Mantar a huge success

Thousands of medicos from all over India took part in a massive protest rally organised today at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The sale of seats by private medical colleges & the uncertainty over the NEET were the major focal themes. Representatives from various media organizations came to cover the rally.

Now, medical degrees on sale

Wanna become a doctor? Go buy yourself a seat. It's as easy as that. The recently introduced National Eligility cum Entrance Test or NEET for medical entrance was supposed to be a correction course. The fact that it's been held up by the courts, at the will of private medical colleges seems license to perpetuate corruption further. BJP has reacted strongly to Newsx expose saying Higher Education Minister should set thing right.  Medical Seats Sold for NEET Admission Its appalling to see how medical seats are being sold for admission. NEET exam was meant to streamline the process but has only bolstered corruption. Now that its all in the open, what are the responsible authorities saying? These seats are being sold and not being earned on merit. How serious or how professional can these doctors once they get there degree, can we trust them with our lives ? What is the medical council of India saying on the issue ?


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The Republic Day Pledge


Justice For The Republic

In 1987 the Law Commission, concerned at India’s abysmally low ratio of judges for its population – then less than 11 per  million people against developed countries’ norm of 100 – recommended increasing it to 50 immediately, and to 100 by the year 2000. A quarter-century later, India still languishes at only 13 judges per million people.        It should thus surprise no one that well over 30 million cases are pending at all levels of the judiciary, about three million of them for over a decade. Of course, there are other shortcomings that contribute to this logjam, but the sheer arithmetic of too few judges trying too many cases is at the heart of the problem.       The gradual gumming up of the judicial system has now created an appalling situation where even heinous criminal cases like rape and murder are stuck for years. The growing anger this has caused may have reached a tipping point with the vicious gang rape in Delhi a few weeks ago, which led to the hasty establishm

Massive NEET-PG rally at Jantar Mantar on Jan 28

To protest against the ongoing NEET-PG tussle, medicos from across the nation are planning a massive rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 28th January 2013 from 4 pm onwards . Police have taken all necessary precautions to avoid any untoward incident. Medicos from Delhi had organised a protest march at the same venue on Jan 24 which was a huge success and received widespread media coverage.   (See from 08:57 onwards)

PGI gets 3T MRI

The 3 Tesla MRI was inaugurated today by Dr. V.M Katoch, Secretary, Health Research, Government of India and Director General, ICMR in the Radiology section of the Advanced Trauma Centre. Dr. Y.K Chawla, Director, PGIMER and  Dr. N. Khandelwal, Head, Department of Radiodiagnosis were present on the occasion. This state-of-the-art wide bore MRI machine is capable of high performance in whole body examination, advanced neuroimaging applications like diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), etc,   bone marrow imaging, evaluation of the blood vessels of the body and functional imaging of the brain. It is also equipped with a high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) system which will be the first of its kind in any government institute of the country. In this system treatment of tumors of the uterus like fibroids, prostatic tumors and bony metastases can be carried out by using a focused beam of ultrasound for thermal ablation and by monitoring the t

SC Hearing Update: Jan 23

Next hearing on Jan 30.

SC Hearing Update: Jan 22

Hearing has been deferred to tomorrow.

SC Hearing Update : Jan 18

Case hearing postponed to Tuesday January 22,2013.  Still hearing from minority institutions is going on.  Meanwhile MCI Lawyer requested Hon'ble Judge to grant permission for releasing NEET-PG results on Jan 31 since there are only four working days.  But Judge refused to give permission to MCI to release results on Jan 31,2013 and said decision will be taken on Jan 22,2013.  Hearing from State Govt and other private universities not yet started.

The "Taarikh pe taarikh" syndrome

"Ye case pure Hindustan ke kamzor aur sataye hue logon ka hai, aaj un sabki nazrein aap par gari hain aap par…ki aap unhe kya dete hain…insaaf ya taarikh…agar aap unhe insaaf nahi de sakte to bandh kijiye ye tamasha…ukhar phenkiye in katgharo ko.." - A classic example of how movie dialogues are inspired by the sufferings of the aam aadmi.... Watch the video!


HGBLs are benign , slow-growing, relatively indolent vascular neoplasms.  Multiple HGBLs are almost always associated with the autosomal-dominant inherited cancer syndrome  von Hippel-Lindau disease  (VHL) .  A rare non-VHL form of multiple disseminated HGBLs is termed  leptomeningeal hemangioblastomatosis . The cerebellum is by far the most common site (80%) followed by the vermis (15%).  Approximately 5% occur in the brainstem, usually the medulla .  The nodule of an HGBL is superficially located and typically abuts a pial surface . HGBLs contain two different cell types: Stromal and vascular cells . Generally it is the stromal (not the vascular) cells that are the neoplastic element of an HGBL. The cyst wall of most HGBLs is nonneoplastic, composed of compressed brain with fibrillary neuroglia devoid of tumor cells.  HGBL is a WHO grade I neoplasm . HGBL accounts for 1-2.5% of primary CNS neoplasms and approximately 7% of all primary posterior fossa tumors in adults. 

MCI bars varsities from starting PG, post-doctoral courses

In a blow to lakhs of doctors across the country, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has barred all health universities from starting any post-graduate or post-doctoral certificate course this year. The PDCC courses can be done by doctors with an MD to enable them to perform specialized procedures. "For instance, a doctor cannot perform an angiogram unless she has completed this 18-month fellowship or the PDCC course. Banning this would prevent us from conducting this critical procedure. At a time when there is a shortage of specialists, it's ridiculous that the  MCI  has come up with this rule," a vice-chancellor told PG Times on condition of anonymity. Health universities across the country have been offering PDCC courses for over two decades. "We're shocked. After allowing state universities to conduct the certificate courses for nearly two decades, it's uncertain as to what pushed the MCI to issue such a directive which will affect access to he

GMCH Nagpur still hoping to get more PG seats

The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is still trying to get approved some post graduate seats rejected by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The apex body had rejected a proposal to increase the number of PG seats from total eight to 23 in four subjects, but the college authorities are leaving no stone unturned to get back the seats. There are just 15 days left for  MCI  to conduct an inspection to be able to recognize the increased seats and formally announce the increase. GMCH has sent a letter of appeal to MCI, to reconsider its decision, claiming that it has followed the procedural requirements in the right manner and at the right time. "We have sent a letter of appeal to MCI to reconsider the proposal for increase in PG seats. I am sure that we will get back the seats," said acting GMCH dean Dr  R P Singh . Sources in GMCH say that though the college could have sent the proposal much earlier, the fault does not lie there. "Reality is that the

SC Hearing Update: Jan 17

Minority institutions requested for interim orders for starting admission process.  MCI lawyer started arguments on the points raised by the lawyers of minority institutions.  Supreme court has postponed the case for 2 PM tomorrow.

NEET-PG Results Delay Make Doctors Go Gangnam Style

While the unexpected delay in NEET-PG & DNB results and the ongoing deliberations in Supreme Court have made many PG aspirants crazy, some doctors have taken an innovative approach to beat the stress!

SC Hearing Update: Jan 16

Senior Lawyers appearing on behalf of CMC Vellore argued that their institution is 100 years old and India's leading medical institution compared to AIIMS and they are giving stipends to the doctors and they absorb them in their own institutions .  They also quoted some previous supreme court orders and mentioned that minority institutions are guarded by constitutional rights and MCI has no jurisdiction over the admission process of minority institutions. They also quoted 1997 supreme orders which says minority institutions have the full rights over the admission process. Argument will be continued by the senior most lawyers of other minority institutions tomorrow. Hearing ,likely to be continued next week also, pertaining to institutions governed by other private universities and state governments.

Best PG Entrance Coaching - Opinion Poll Results

PG Times in association with AcrossPG  conducted the survey for selecting the Best Medical PG Coaching Institute in Dec 2012-Jan 2013 (Best PG Entrance Coaching - Opinion Poll). Here are the highlights of the survey: We received many votes in the survey, from various medical colleges of all states, ranging from batches 2000 to 2006.     Received votes for more than seven PG Coaching Institutes from across the country including Bhatia, DAMS, IAMS, Speed PG Institute, MIMS Calicut, MEDPGTHRISSUR and others.   Many students were in favour that rigorous self-study is important if NEET happens, and coaching is useful only with self-study. How the result is calculated? We have calculated the results by counting votes from only unique IPs to remove bias from multiple votes casting. An effective score is calculated institute-wise from the total votes submitted. This is to remove any bias occurred due to difference in number of votes for each institute. The effective sc

UPSC CMS 2012 Final Results

PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU GOVERNMENT OF INDIA PRESS NOTE COMBINED MEDICAL SERVICES EXAMINATION, 2012     The enclosure is the list, in order of merit, of the candidates who have been recommended for appointment to medical posts in the Railways, Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service, Central Government Health Services, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council on the result of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2012 held by the Union Public Service Commission on 17.06.2012 and Personality Test held from 29.10.2012 to 7.12.2012.  The figure shown before the names are the Roll Numbers of the candidates.  A total number of 672 candidates recommended for appointment include 250 General Candidates (including 14 Physically Challenged candidates), 277 candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes (including 08 Physically Challenged candidates), 83 candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (including 04 Physically Challenged candidates) and 62   Sche