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Parents oppose bond service for post-graduate medical aspirants

mumbai Updated: Oct 22, 2017 11:13 IST
Musab Qazi

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Parents of medical aspirants have floated an online petition against a recent state government resolution requiring the aspirants to complete their bond service before seeking admission to post-graduation medical and dental courses.

Medical and dental graduates, post-graduates and super speciality students from government-run colleges are required to spend a year at a state-run rural health care centre after writing the final exam. The students who don’t do so must pay a fine of Rs15 lakh, Rs50 lakh and Rs2.5 crore, respectively.

The parents said that the decision, which comes two months before National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test - Post Graduation (NEET-PG), has put the aspirants in a spot. Despite their preparations, the exam has become inconsequential for those who are yet to complete their mandatory one-year service in rural areas.

So far, the petition has garnered over 1,700 signatures.

Many medical students who want to pursue post-graduation and super-speciality courses comply with the rural service for all the courses combined after finishing their academics. However, with the new GR in place, the students can no longer do so.

The change in norms is the latest in the state government’s efforts to enforce the bond, as many medical graduates manage to dodge the rural stint. However, various stakeholders have expressed reservations over these measures.

Muzaffar Khan, the parent who started the online petition, said that the move to make bond requirement mandatory for PG admissions at the eleventh hour is unjust to students. “Enforcing the rule on students facing exams without giving them sufficient notice is an injustice. Now they will have to start their preparations anew after their rural stint and end up losing a year or so,” he said.

Khan also suggested that the rule will result in students graduating from private medical and dental colleges getting most of the PG seats in government-run colleges, as they don’t have to sign the rural bond. “By restricting the government college graduates from PG admissions, the government is indirectly giving an edge to the graduates from private and deemed colleges. The government is also encouraging students to pursue graduation in private colleges and deemed universities which have very high fees, poor infrastructure and very few patients to avail clinical knowledge,” read the petition.