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Seats reduced in Jharkhand Medical Colleges

RANCHI: The decision to reduce the number of seats in the three government managed medical colleges of the state - the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM), Jamshedpur, and Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad, for 2012-13 - has come as a shock for students.

The state health department has asked the Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB) to conduct tests for only 72, 41 and 41 students for RIMS, MGM and PMCH respectively. In 2011-12, the number of seats in each college was 126, 50 and 50 respectively. Examination controller of JCECEB, L Khiangte, confirmed that the state health department this year has cut down on the number of students.

"We have received the information from the health department and the entrance examination for the MBBS course will be conducted accordingly," said Khiangte.

"I missed the bus by just three marks last year. This year I was preparing hard and was sure to find a place in the merit list. But the decision of the government has shattered my dreams. I am shocked and have not been able to concentrate on my studies for the last couple of days," said Angad Kumar Mahato.

He has been devoting 10-12 hours every day preparing for the entrance test. No one in the health department or any of the three medical colleges was ready to talk about the dip in the number of seats. "I can say the Medical Council of India has not reduced the number of seats in any college," said state health secretary K Vidyasagar. He did not say anything about why the department has asked JCECEB to conduct the entrance test for a reduced number of seats.  source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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