Telangana Junior Doctors’ Association (TJUDA), and Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors’ Association (APJUDA) have clearly shown their anguish over the recent decision by the NTR University of Health Sciences’ (NTRUHS) to implement web based counseling for the 2016-17 academic session.
The junior doctors are expected to stall the admission process for 2,500 post graduate and diploma medical seats. The protest is likely to take centre stage in the state from the third week of April.
Joining the TJUDA is also the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors’ Association (APJUDA) members, who have also stood up against the decision.
Dr G Srinivas, president, TJUDA in his statement implied that they want the old procedure to continue for counseling of students. This offline mode of counseling will ensure that there is no malpractice happening. Under the old procedure, the seats are filed on case by case basis, ging ample time for any objections.
APJUDA state general secretary, Dr K V Pavan, is also in support of the offline counseling method, and has even urged medicos to intimate to the NTRUHS authorities against the implementation of the web-based counseling system. He also implied that the university authorities have been quick to announce their decision, even without dropping a mention in the PGMET-2016 notification in January.
Meanwhile, when contacted, NTRUHS vice-chancellor T Raviraj told TOI that the web-based counselling system announced by them would continue. He also rubbished the allegation of web counselling leading to malpractices, saying it would be as transparent as the offline counselling.