Entrance test for Karnataka PG medical, dental government seats from Feb 11 to 15

The postgraduate medical and dental entrance test for State government seats will be held from February 11 to 15.

This time, the National Board of Examination will hold the entrance test for the State seats and the counselling will be conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority. This will be a computer-based test, Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil announced here on Friday.

The minister said until now, the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) used to conduct the exam. However, this year, RGUHS expressed that it could not continue conducting the exam. Also, there have been several complaints about the RGUHS-conducted entrance test, he said. In addition, from 2015-16, students need not write a separate test for the State government seats and instead, they would have to write only the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE). 

Apart from this, the State has sent a proposal to the Centre to make Kidwai Hospital an institute of national importance. Proposals have also been sent for establishing two peripheral cancer centres, one in Mandya and another in Gulbarga.

Further, the government has issued directions to both colleges and hospitals to maintain a transparent record of all the relevant details. These details would have to be furnished within 10 days from now. There are 10 government grant-in-aid medical colleges, 16 allied hospitals and 9 superspecialty hospitals. 

Government medical, dental, paramedical and nursing colleges have been asked to publish details of the timetable for UG and PG courses, along with the name and designation of faculty, current academic year, calendar of events, syllabus schedule and examination schedule, among other details. Colleges spending Rs 35 lakh to Rs 50 lakh per year on library books have also been asked to display total stock of the existing books and journals.

Directions have been given to government medical college hospitals and super-speciality hospitals to update on their website the details of patient schedule and the timing of OPD schedule department-wise. Details of doctors, expenditure and attendance are a few of the other information the hospitals are expected to put up on their website. 

To make the meetings more transparent, the proceedings of governing council, finance committee, medical audit committee and quality control committee also will have to be updated by the hospitals. 

RGUHS registrar suspended

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) registrar (Evaluation) Dr N S Ashok Kumar has been suspended following allegations of his involvement in tampering of marks cards. Governor H R Bhardwaj had directed RGUHS Vice Chancellor to suspend the registrar.

Accordingly, the VC has suspended Kumar, said sources. The government has handed over the case to CID. Meanwhile, the High Court on Friday stayed criminal proceedings against Kumar. A complaint was filed against him, alleging that he had facilitated three first-year MBBS students to pass exams despite they failing even after re-totaling of their marks. 

A complaint was also lodged against H N Ramesh, the proprietor of Logisys, the IT service provider to RGUHS, who had given technical support for examination work. An internal inquiry committee formed by the varsity confirmed that the marks cards were tampered with.

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