MBBS course not extended, rural posting order withdrawn: Azad

NEW DELHI: In a major relief to medical students, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday made it clear that rural posting at a Public Health Centre(PHC) after completion of MBBS will not be mandatory for appearing in PG examination for the year 2015-16.

 Azad, who had a meeting with the representatives of agitating medical students, listened to their concerns and allayed their fears regarding the Medical Council of India notification in respect of one-year mandatory rural posting at a PHC after completion of MBBS, before they seek admission to PG Course.

The Health Minister has directed his ministry officials to keep the notification in abeyance. A letter to this effect has already been issued to the Medical Council of India. 

Setting at rest all speculation that the period of MBBS Course has been extended by 2 years, Azad made it clear that there is no such proposal. With a shortfall in number of doctors in the country, the Health Ministry had decided  that MBBS students applying for PG courses from academic year 2015-16 will have to undertake a mandatory rural posting at a PHC for one year. Agencies

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