MGM MEDICAL College students Kiran Agrawal and Amber Mittal bagged the first and second position in the All India Pre-PG entrance examination for MD/MS courses conducted by AIIMS, New Delhi, removing all the doubts about the academic standard of medical education in the City.
Adding to the wave of joy among the medical students and teaching fraternity, another MGM student Varun Chouhan bagged 18th rank at the all India level in the PG entrance examination while Dr Dilip Septa, student of College of Dentistry, Indore secured 24th rank in the all India pre-PG dental examination and first rank at state level, result for which were declared on Thursday.
Including these three, more than 35 college students have found a place in the all India list in various categories.
These students would now be called for personal counselling before they get to choose (depending on their rank) the college of their choice for pursuing PG course. About 2500 students from among a few thousands have cleared the entrance test, which was held on January 14, 2007.
Happy about her result, Kiran Agrawal said, “I now plan to go for a PG course in paediatrics at Maulana Azad Institute of Medical Sciences at New Delhi.” Asked what special preparation she had done for the exam, the topper, who basically hails from Harda, said, “The portion for entrance includes all that we studied for 5 years at MBBS. College emphasis is on theory while the entrance is more about objective questions. So I relied more on the test-series to practice.”
Lauding the success of his students, MGM Medical College Dean Dr M K Saraswat said, “This only goes to show that our teachers and teaching standards are on par with those at the national level, notwithstanding the MCI recommendations.”
“Agreed that we (the college) do have certain lacunae, but the success of the students at national level prestigious entrance examination shows how good our teaching standard is. And moreover, these students can be a good inspiration for the next batches,” the elated Dean added. When asked what has he done or would be doing to appreciate the efforts of the meritorious students, Dr Saraswat said, “The College would definitely felicitate the students”.
Earlier in the day, Director (Medical Education) Dr V K Saini, speaking at a medical-related event, had said, “The results are an indirect assessment of the region’s potential.”
Pointing to the fact that Kiran belongs to Harda and the other two —- Amber and Varun —- hail from Dhar, president of the Junior Doctorsrs’ Association Dr Anand Rai said, “This shows that there is huge talent at smaller places too. What is needed is to tap the potential properly and guide such students.”