Govt re­laxes NEET PG cour­ses cut-off as seats go va­cant

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New Delhi: In an at­tempt to ad­dress the large num­ber of va­cant seats in su­per spe­cial­ity med­i­cal cour­ses, the health min­istry has ap­proved re­lax­ing of the el­i­gi­bil­ity cut off for the Na­tional El­i­gi­bil­ity cum En­trance Test for post grad­u­a­tion (NEET PG) for 2019-20.

With this, the qual­i­fy­ing marks for su­per spe­cial­ity in car­dio­tho­racic and vas­cu­lar surgery, car­di­ol­ogy and pe­di­atric surgery has been reduced to 20th per­centile, whereas that for other PG cour­ses it has been brought down to 40th per­centile. Cur­rently, the cut off for all this su­per spe­cil­ity cat­e­gories is 50th per­centile.

“The Board of Gov­er­nors re­viewed the pro­posal in terms of the va­cant seats and the num­ber of ad­di­tional eligible can­di­dates to be pro­vided for fil­ing the va­can­cies in Su­per Spe­cial­ity Cour­ses. In prin­ci­ple it was de­cided that the re­duc­tion in per­centile should pro­vide at least dou­ble the num­ber of va­cant seats," a let­ter from BoG sec­re­tary gen­eral R K Vats to health min­istry said. TOI has re­viewed the let­ter.

Ac­cept­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from the board of gov­er­nors (BoG), cur­rently reg­u­lat­ing med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion un­der the chair­man­ship of NITI Aayog mem­ber V K Paul, the health min­istry ap­proved the re­duc­tion in cut off on Fri­day.

Va­cancy in PG med­i­cal seats has been a cause of concern for the Cen­tre. This year nearly 700 su­per spe­cial­ity med­i­cal seats re­mained va­cant in var­i­ous pub­lic and pri­vate col­leges and deemed univer­si­ties, lead­ing to a sheer wastage of op­por­tu­nity when the coun­try is faced with a dire short­age of specialist­s. Last year, around 500 such seats re­mained va­cant af­ter com­ple­tion of coun­selling process.

In May, the health min­istry had reduced the el­i­gi­bil­ity cut off for PG gen­eral spe­cial­ity by six per­centile.

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