In a major development, the union health ministry has asked the states to conduct ‘centralised counselling’ for all postgraduate medical and dental programmes. The common counselling will include government, private as well as deemed universities from the academic year 2017, creating a single window system for admissions to MD, MS, MDS and PG Diploma programmes in the country.
A notice released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, suggests that most of the states are willing to follow NEET UG and hold common counselling for postgraduate medical admissions as well. “In view of the successful combined counselling for UG programmes for the academic session 2016-17, it is considered appropriate for the States/UT to hold combined counselling for admissions to all PG medical and dental courses in the States and UTs including private and deemed universities from the academic year 2017-18,” states Amit Biswas, Under Secretary to the Government of India in his letter addressed to all Principal Secretaries of Medical Education.
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Earlier PG counselling for State quota seats at medical colleges under the State used to be conducted either by a designated authority or by the medical colleges separately. Though, the 50% All India Quota seats were filled through the Medical Counselling Committe.
Private and deemed universities conducted their counselling at the institute level.
The process for filling up the All India Quota seats at State medical and dental colleges remains same.
On September 8, 2016, the National Board of Examinations (NBE) had scrapped the Diplomate of National Board Centralised Entrance Test (DNB CET) and stating that it would instead be accepting NEET PG scores for entry into super specialty courses. Read the full story here.
On April, 2016,the Supreme Court ordered to conduct National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in Govt/Private Medical/Dental Colleges including deemed universities. Following this, all the private medical colleges and deemed varsities had to cancel their entrance examination and admitted candidates on the basis of centralised counsellings conducted by States and UTs. Read the full story here.
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