PG medical seats on sale for Rs 1 crore!

The annual PG sale is on! After the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, Post-Graduate (NEET-PG) results were announced on Thursday, the capitation fee for admission against 300-odd management quota seats in self-financed medical colleges, was reported to be between Rs 50 lakh and Rs one crore, depending upon the branch!
It needs mention that there are 1500 PG medicalseats in Gujarat. Of these, 300 are management quota seats while 1200 are in government-run colleges where 50 per cent seats are reserved for students from the all-India quota.

With seats shrinking and demand rising, some self-financed colleges are allegedly already bargaining with students and asking for huge amounts to book a seat in advance in the best branches. While a majority of the self-financed colleges follow merit even in charging capitation fee, there are at least two colleges who allegedly feed off the desperation of students to get into a particular medical branch.

The most popular branches currently are radiology, medicine and orthopedics. The medicine branch is a favourite as it is considered the stepping stone to the lucrative super-specializations of cardiology and neurology.

Officials said that in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, many colleges bend the rules and give admission in PG courses to students of little merit for a high capitation fee.

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, after paying the capitation fee, students are also required to pay the annual fee which ranges from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 8.5 lakh!

"If you father does not have deep pockets, it is difficult to make your child a doctor. He or she should be a rank-holder or rich," said a middle class parent who is struggling to find a seat for his ward!

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