50% reserved PG seats not filled; Govt opens for all students

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 May 2017 09:08:01

Staff Reporter,

The State’s MBBS doctors both including those in service are feeling disappointed with reducing 50 percent seats in Post Graduation this year. When the Medical Education Department could not fill up PG seats in Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backwards (OBC), then the Medical Education Department as per rules converted about 50 percent seats of PG put up on portal for Unreserved Category (UR). In UR category, any MBBS candidate from any part of the country may apply for the PG seats in Madhya Pradesh’s Medical Colleges including Government and private.

It is learnt most seats that were put in UR category are of private colleges. It has benefited the private colleges they can now get eligible candidates from national-level. Madhya Pradesh’s MBBS doctors cannot stake their claim on PG seats in UR category at private colleges.

Sources said, now the seats of in service MBBS doctors who had hoped after winning battle from High Court might be disappointed with this new system. Their seats are also reduced in this category, they cannot get admissions in PG as they had thought this year.

Senior officer in Medical Education Department said the medical education department had made its efforts to fill up PG seats of reserved category as per rule from Madhya Pradesh’s candidates, but when they fail to get it filled up then automatically the vacant seats are converted from ST to SC, SC to OBC and then converted to Unreserved Category (UR). It cannot be only for the Madhya Pradesh it is open for all in India.

“Last year, the officers had put about 100 PG seats when found vacant put in UR category that later created controversy. While this year in order to give preference to the state’s MBBS doctors, we have after failing to fill up by all way, put only 50 percent seats in UR category, said a senior medical education officer.

When contacted Manish Rastogi, Commissioner, Medical Education, said 50 percent seats of PG when found vacant in reserved category automatically converted into UR. Any eligible candidate from all India may apply to it. All these seats are in Private Colleges. We had earlier tried our best to get it filled up our State’s candidates but when fail then it as per rule converted, he said.