MBBS grad­u­ates hit by DMER goo­gly

Direc­torate makes it manda­tory for 1-year bond re­lease cer­tifi­cates by Feb 28 dur­ing PG reg­is­tra­tion, de­spite giv­ing out ap­point­ments only in March last year

Mid Day - - City - PALLAVI SMART [email protected]

MBBS grad­u­ates from govern­ment col­leges seek­ing ad­mis­sion to post grad­u­a­tion (PG) cour­ses are in for a shock af­ter DMER is­sued a no­tice on Fe­bru­ary 5 mak­ing sub­mis­sion of their bond re­lease cer­tifi­cate manda­tory for reg­is­tra­tion. If not, those can­di­dates who haven’t com­pleted the bond yet will have to pay the dif­fer­ence amount, which is around R1lakh a month, to be able to reg­is­ter for PG.

The catch is that the reg­is­tra­tion process be­gins on Fe­bru­ary 10 and goes on till Fe­bru­ary 28. But, last year, the list of bond ser­vice ap­point­ments was de­clared only in March and, hence, al­most all ap­pli­cants will be fall­ing short of ei­ther one or two months for suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their bonds.

More than 90% of the stu­dents are af­fected by DMER's or­der. The Direc­torate of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (DMER), is, how­ever, firm on its stand.

The de­ci­sion of mak­ing ser­vice bond com­pul­sory for stu­dents com­plet­ing MBBS from govern­ment- and civic-run med­i­cal col­leges was taken last year con­sid­er­ing the huge amount spent on these stu­dents by the govern­ment on their de­gree ed­u­ca­tion. Af­ter suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this duty of one year, all can­di­dates get the bond re­lease cer­tifi­cate, which is an im­por­tant doc­u­ment for them to ap­ply for PG. The de­ci­sion which came in Oc­to­ber 2017 was then re­laxed for the then batch con­sid­er­ing the or­der had come very late. But, it is now manda­tory for all PG ad­mis­sions at govern­ment- and civic-run med­i­cal col­leges from this aca­demic year.

“My ser­vice will get over on April 2. Ad­mis­sions are start­ing only in the month of May. For just a short gap of one month and a few days, I will lose out on my PG seat. It is un­fair. Our only re­quest is that we be al­lowed to sub­mit the bond re­lease cer­tifi­cate at the time of ad­mis­sion,” said a dis­tressed stu­dent re­quest­ing anonymity.

An­other stu­dent said, “We are made to suf­fer for no fault of ours. They de­clared the list of ap­point­ments so late last year. The bond of 365 days of ser­vice starts from the day you are ap­pointed at any hospi­tal. If you give ap­point­ments in March 2018, how can you ex­pect the bond to be com­pleted by Fe­bru­ary 2019?”

The bond is R10lakh for the year and if any can­di­date wants to break it, the amount he/she has to pay back amounts to roughly R1lakh per month. There is an­other catch. While some par­ents who have money can pay up, there is no guar­an­tee of a PG seat. Be­cause un­less the rank­ings are out, no can­di­date will know if he/she will get the branch of his/her choice. A stu­dent said, “What is the point if when the rank­ings are out I see that I will any­way not get the branch of my choice. I lose my money as well as an en­tire aca­demic year.”

Sudha Shenoy, a par­ent ac­tivist work­ing on med­i­cal ad­mis­sions is­sues, said, “We do not know why DMER is tak­ing this stand when all doc­u­ments are ex­pected to be fur­nished on the day of doc­u­ment ver­i­fi­ca­tion, which hap­pens some­time in May.”

Dr T P La­hane, di­rec­tor DMER, said, “We will have to look into the mat­ter as to when ex­actly that ap­point­ment or­der was de­clared and other as­pects.”

The de­ci­sion of mak­ing ser­vice bond com­pul­sory for stu­dents com­plet­ing MBBS from govern­ment- and civic-run med­i­cal col­leges was taken last year con­sid­er­ing the huge amount spent on these stu­dents by the govern­ment on their de­gree ed­u­ca­tion

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