Ahmedabad: Gujarat PG medical Degree pool is likely to witness a major boost since the medical colleges across the state have submitted a total of 150 Post-Graduate (PG) Diploma seats for the conversion to PG medical Degree.
If the state succeeds in getting approval for the same by the Health Ministry, its current pool of 1,843 degree seats in PG medical courses will increase to a total of 1993.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported about the public notice issued by the Union Health Ministry giving a last chance to medical colleges to take advantage of the scheme proposed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) which decided to stop all MCI recognised PG diploma courses in Medical colleges and give an equal number of MD/MS seats in return.
After receiving the application for the conversion, the ministry is required to issue a notification omitting the name of Diploma in respect of the said medical institute and forward the application along with omission notification and undertaking of the medical college to the Board of Governors Medical Council of India (MCI BoG) for further recommendation. The Last date to issue a letter of permission by the ministry for the academic session 2019-20 is 28.02.2019.
Following the announcement of this one time opportunity, majority of the states have rushed at the opportunity to get additional PG degree seats
Earlier, Tamil Nadu government had put forward 393 PG Diploma seats including those in the specialisation of Gynaecology, Dermatology and Orthopaedics in front of Union Health Ministry for conversion to PG degrees.
Later, the Indore-based deemed Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM Medical College) applied for the conversion 49 PG Diploma seats.
Now, as mentioned in a recent report by TOI, a tottal of 150 PG Diploma seats have been submitted for the conversion to PG Degree. BJ Medical College, NHL Medical College and medical institutes in Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Rajkot have surrendered their quotas. While NHL Medical College has surrendered 21 PG diploma seats; B J Medical College surrendered 65.
However, 3 medical colleges have yet not surrendered their PG diploma seats, adds the daily.