Bhubaneshwar: The state government has decided to take over the counselling process for admissions to post graduate(PG) courses in private and deemed universities in order to regulate and streamline the admission processes. This is being done from the current academic session.
“The counselling was earlier done for both private and government medical colleges. But this year, state authorities will also do the counselling for the medical colleges under the deemed universities,” said Umakant Satpathy, Joint Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET).
According to scheduled plan, a combined counselling will be conducted by the state counselling authority. This will include the 50% seats of medical colleges that fall under deemed universities. A government notification states, “The state quota seats shall be filled up by way of counselling from among st the candidates whose names will figure in the PG (Medical) 2017 State Merit List. Similarly, the seats of the deemed universities shall be filled by way of counselling from among st the candidates whose name will appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2017 All India Merit List.”
A similar format is to be followed by the state government with regards to MBBS and BDS courses by the state government. This will be done to bring about uniformity and regulate course fee. The two issues have been a cause for concern for both parents and students
The Medical Council of India (MCI), in an earlier attempt, issued guidelines in the direction of streamlining and bringing transparency in medical admissions in the country.
“This will bring transparency as the government will do the counselling of both private and deemed universities which will be in accordance of the Supreme Court and MCI directions,” said Surajit Das Additional Secretary, Health Department Odishatv.in
Sudarshan Das, the eminent educationist said the move is expected to curb the commercialization and irregularities prevailing in the field of medical education .