After the MBBS entrance exam, the Punjab government has now decided that it will conduct its own entrance examination to fill postgraduate seats in various medical colleges of the state for the session 2015.
For the past two years, the government filled the seats under the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE), which was conducted by the National Board Examination. But the postgraduate aspirants from the state gave a representation that the AIPGMEE was tough leading to filling of seats by candidates from outside Punjab.
The decision was taken at a meeting which was chaired by secretary medical education and attended by principals of medical colleges of the state and vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. “The decision has been taken on the basis of the feedback from principals of state medical colleges,” said Husan Lal, secretary, medical education.
He said the dates of the IT WILL HELP PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF DOCTORS OF THE STATE. THE EARLIER DECISION WAS A BUREAUCRATIC MISADVENTURE, WHICH SPOILED THE CAREERS OF MANY DR GAGANDEEP SHERGILL, PCMS Association general secretary fresh examination would be announced shortly with a separate notification.
The AIPGMEE for the session 2015-16 was conducted in the first week of December, but with this decision that examination will be valid to fill only 50% of the postgraduate seats in the state colleges. To fill the rest 50% seats, the state will conduct its own examination.
There are around 500 postgraduate medical seats in various government and private medical colleges in the state. Of these around 250 PG seats are with government colleges.
Meanwhile, the government doctors’ association has welcomed the move. “It will help protect the rights of doctors of the state. However, the earlier decision was a bureaucratic misadventure, which spoiled careers of many in the past two years,” said Dr Gagandeep Shergill, general secretary, PCMS Association, Punjab. The PCMS doctors of the state have in-service quota of around 100 seats in the PG admissions.
Around a month ago, the Punjab government had decided that it would conduct its own medical entrance examination from 2015, instead of admitting students in the MBBS and BDS courses in state colleges through the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT).
During last year’s admission process, conducted as per AIPMT-2014, it was found that a large number of seats in certain categories, including NRIs and scheduled castes, remained vacant. Punjab was one of the 12 states, besides the union territory of Chandigarh, which had agreed to fill the PG seats on the basis of AIPGMEE two years ago.