In-Service PG Medical Seats Quota Increased From 30% to 50% in AP
Dr NTR University of Health Sciences has been allowed by the Andhra Pradesh medical education department to increase in-service post graduate medical seats quota from 30% to 50%. The increased quota would be allotted to the students through Post Graduate Medical Entrance Test (PGMET) 2016 onwards. The seats will be available for six sought-after specializations namely, anaesthesia, psychiatry, general medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and radio diagnosis. Medicos of the two states are agitated with the aforementioned decision.
TJUDA state president Dr. G. Srinivas said, "We will not accept if the Telangana government hikes the in-service quota from 30% to 50% as it would spell doom for 6,500 non-service MBBS passouts, who form more than 80% of the aspirants appearing for PGMET every year".
As per the present reservation rule, 30% of PG medical seats is reserved by Telangana Government for MBBS passouts working as civil assistant surgeons in rural primary health centres (PHCs) for two to three years and the rest of the seats (560 seats)are open to all MBBS pass-outs.
"It is the era of specializations as plain MBBS passouts setting up a practice is long gone. Now, those aspiring for non-service PG quota medical seats in Andhra Pradesh have very bleak chances of bagging a clinical seat in the six specialties in any of the 25 medical colleges in the state," said Dr Katti Bharat, advisor, AP Junior Doctors' Association. He also questioned that how the AP government can increase the in-service reservation without increasing total number of medical seats.
The former general secretary of APJUDA, Dr. K. V. Pavan said, "The in-service quota concept was introduced by the government 15 years ago to attract doctors to rural PHCs, but the scene is different now with any medical post in government hospitals attracting hundreds of takers".