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Combine MD/MS/Diploma and DNB Counseling from 2018. Prevent wastage of PG Medical seats.

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For the  MD/MS/Diploma Admission Session, there were two rounds of All India Counseling and three rounds of State Counseling in 2017. Some states opted to conduct a further mop-op round to fill leftover seats before 31st  May.

For admission into DNB courses,  three separate rounds of Counseling were also arranged. However, DNB Counseling was held at a very different time schedule. The First Round of  DNB seat Allotment was declared on 20th of May, while the second and third rounds of allotment were declared on 16th and 29th of June respectively.

Therefore, many PG course aspirants chose to leave their MD/MS/Diploma seats in June and join DNB course instead  if they got a more sought  after discipline. These newly vacant PG seats were wasted, because admission to MD/MS/Diploma courses aren’t possible after 31st May. If these wasted seats could be allotted to other candidates, both the medical colleges and the candidates would’ve been highly benefitted. As a result, some doctors wouldn’t have to wait for another year to join residency.

Moreover, only those who can afford to pay the indemnity bond for leaving MD/MS course, can surrender their seats and opt for later rounds of DNB Counseling. One of the most sought after disciplines, DNB RadioDiagnosis, went upto a rank of 9709 in 2017. Many students who had ranked much higher and were eager to join this stream couldn’t appear in the counseling, because they couldn’t afford to resign their MD/MS seats like the affluent students. Thus, this system is neither helping the healthcare sector, nor promoting merit.

Postgraduate dropout and seat wastage are a bane of medical education in India.

This article appeared on March 14, 2017.

When the Government is desperately trying to increase PG seats for doctors and generate more specialist doctors for the health sector, such loopholes in the organization structure are denting the initiative. If MD/MS/Diploma and DNB counseling are held together, this problem can easily be averted.

I am asking the Govt. to make the necessary changes before the counseling process begins, so that doctors are not denied a PG seat in 2018 because of a less-than-transparent system.

I am asking the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda to direct the Medical Counseling Committee(MCC) and the National Board of Examinations(NBE) to combine the two admission processes from 2018 onward.

Join me in asking the Minister of Health and Family Welfare to immediately take action in this regard. Sign my petition and forward it to your friends and family to save the career of many bright, deserving doctors in India.

Thanks in advance for taking action,


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