The National Board of Examination (NBE), which agreed to conduct the Common Entrance Test (CET) for PG medical students, decided to replicate the IIM model, an "online test" format for the students. About 36 centres all across the country have been shortlisted. The candidates will also have a flexibility in choosing their centre on first come first basis. "Each state capital will have atleast one centre where the candidate can give the test. The candidates can chose their centre," said senior official.
All candidates who have completed their MBBS intership or those who will be completing it by 31 March, 2013, will be eligible to sit in the exam.
The NBE has had a detailed planning on the new format to which the IIM's had switched three years back.
The new system for PG medical test will offer flexibility for candidates to choose any date in the "fourteen day" period for the test.
The Medical Council of India has also revised the syllabus for NEET-UG.
The qualifying criterion has been changed from percentage of absolute marks to percentile to ensure that no seat remains unfilled. Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Monday "A few state governments had expressed concerns about the proposed NEET particularly with regard to the syllabus for the NEET for UG, reservation of seats, medium of examination, as well as their own preparedness to introduce the scheme from the academic year 2012-13 and whether once introduced some of their seats would go unfilled because of high merit. The government has addressed all the concerns."
The ministry has also set up a coordination Committee "with all relevant stakeholders as members, which will address any issue relating to the admission process, including regional language as medium for conduct of NEET."
NEET would mean a single entrance examination will be held for MBBS and MD courses offered by all 271 medical colleges, 138 run by governments and 133 under private management. These colleges offer over 31,000 seats for MBBS courses and another 11,000 seats for PG degrees.
Experts say NEET would reduce hassles for students appearing for multiple medical exams.
"Once implemented, the NEET would be applicable to all medical colleges which come under the ambit of MCI, including private medical colleges," Azad said.
Among the states that was against the introduction of NEET in 2012 included West Bengal Maharashtra, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa had showed readiness to join NEET from 2013-14 but AP sought exemption for two years, saying it would join from 2014-15.
"At present, about 17 entrance tests are held to fill 32,000 UG seats in medical colleges across the country," a ministry official said. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
RANCHI: A budget of Rs 90 crore was approved for the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) on Friday for the coming five financial years including 2012-13.
"We have approved the budget for the coming five financial years till 2017 of which the budget allotted for this financial year 2012-13 is Rs 15 crore. We discussed the projects under the plan head which include 16 items and a committee has also been set up to monitor this. Apart from this budgetary allocation, if the institute requires any other financial assistance we are ready to help them," said health minister Hemlal Murmu who was present at the meeting along with principal secretary K Vidyasagar.
The minister also said, "To run a dental college, the equipment required including dental chair will also be provided. We have sanctioned Rs 4.5 crore for the proper functioning of the dental colleges."
The matter of regularization of staff and nurses also came up in the general body meeting. "This issue requires the RIMS to be autonomous first for which guidelines are being prepared. Once it gets ready, only we can work on the regularization issue," said Murmu.
He said the regulation for the para-medical staff had not been made till now. It's in the final stage and expected to get the cabinet nod by the end of this month.
On the availability of generic medicines, the health minister directed RIMS director Tulsi Mahto to ensure the opening of shops. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
RIMS, RANCHI representative to meet health min to raise the issue of dynamic Assured Career Promotion (ACP) benefit to the doctors
A general body meeting of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science ( RIMS) with the health minister, Hemlal Murmu and principal secretary (health) K Vidyasagar will be held on Friday. In order to voice their concern, the body has decided to submit a memorandum of their demands.
"We are going to put forward our demands and hope that they are accepted since we are doing a human service," Dr Prabhat Kumar, secretary, Jharkhand Medical Teacher's Association said. Speaking further, he said, "We will raise the issue of dynamic Assured Career Promotion (ACP) benefit to the doctors. The Sixth Pay Commission has been implemented in many states with the exception of Jharkhand, though it has been approved for doctors working outside the medical college. We have raised this issue many times but except assurances nothing has happened so far."
Apart from demanding autonomy, issue of payment of Non Practicing Allowance (NPA) which was being given to them till May 2012 but was stopped in June will also be taken up. "That apart, we are not getting the permission to start private practice," he said.
The number of undergraduate and post graduate seats have been increased but the faculty strength has remained unchanged. According to Kumar, "There are no vacancies for teachers. The due promotion of teachers has been pending for a long time. As far as recruitment is concerned, we want the present working teachers to be given first preference. " source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Doctors in Jharkhand have linked high incidence of renal failure in the state with malaria falciparum, a particular strain of malaria prevalent in this part of the country, and have expressed concern over the lack of preparedness on the part of the government and private medical institutions in case of an epidemic.
Dr A K Mahato, head of department of medicine at RIMS, admitted that a large number of patients suffering from various renal disorders visit the hospital every day. "At present, the hospital has four dialysis machines and there is a long queue of patients. We are in the process of procuring and installing more machines. Some new machines will be installed shortly," he said.
When asked about the reason for increase in the number of kidney-related ailments in the state, Mahato said though diabetes and hypertension affect renal functions, the bulk of the new cases is directly linked with malaria and food adulteration. "Malarial infection involves the brain and the kidney. If left untreated, it often affects the kidney more," he said, adding that various dyes used in colouring vegetables and other food items also affects normal functioning of the kidney, leading to renal failure in some cases.
Dr Ghanashyam Singh, nephrologist at Apollo Hospital in Ranchi, said that since renal disorders do not have symptoms for early detection, most cases reach doctors when they are advanced stages. "Neither the government nor private medical institutions have any facility or awareness about detecting renal problems early. A renal profile is essential if a patient has been infected with malaria falciparum," he said.
Singh said that more than 30,000 dialysis procedures and 65 kidney transplants have been performed at their hospital over the past few years. When asked if early detection of renal infection can prevent kidney failure, Singh said medication helps prolong the life of infected kidney depending upon the stage in which the ailment is diagnosed. "If detected in the third stage, a patient can be advised medication that delays the need for dialysis," he said.
Narendra Sinha, doctor of medicine at Apollo, said chances of recovery of the kidney in case of being affected by malarial infection are higher if properly diagnosed. "In case of malaria, early and proper treatment can avert chances of renal issues. Unfortunately, most malarial cases in Jharkhand are ignored set aside follow up diagnosis of kidney and its condition," he said. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Generic drug stores which were inaugurated Sadar hospital and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) four days back remained closed on Sunday due to staff crunch. Many people faced problems in availing the medicines.
Roshanlal was passing by that lane when he stopped to get medicine for his child and went back in a depressed mood. "My child was not well and I was just passing by this road so I thought to get the medicine from here itself. But the doors are closed and now I don't have any option but to go to regular medical shops and get those costly branded medicine from a general medical shop."
Director of RIMS Tulsi Mahato, however, defended the closure of the shop. "The shops will remain close on Sundays. This is just at an initial stage as the scheme is to provide cost effective medicines to the common people. People shouldn't face any problem as work earlier was also done and even now will be done by the general medical stores. Such shops have opened today and before their opening people used to manage somehow. Apart from this there is also staff crunch and availability of medicines is also an issue which until it gets worked out properly the shops will remain close on Sundays and open only on working days."
Civil surgeon AK Chaudhary accepted that staff crunch is the major problem which they are facing due to which they have decided to close the shops on Sundays.
"The staff is a major problem which we are facing due to which it has become difficult to run the generic stores on a daily basis. Even on weekdays also we open the stores during OPD timings from 9-4 pm. With time maybe when we will recruit some more people then only we can run them whole week in a more proper manner and then people can easily avail them." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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