J&K NEET Aspirants Stage Sit-In Against Pooling Of PG Seats In AIQ

Srinagar- The NEET aspirants on Monday staged a sit-in against the proposed idea of the government to pool 50 percent PG seats in All India Quota.

The NEET aspirants assembled at Government Medical College holding placards and urged the government to revisit the decision.

Aspirants say pooling PG seats in All India Quota at this juncture would not be of significant benefit to the aspiring PG candidates of J&K as it would drastically reduce the number of UT seats which is already meagre.

The UT administration is mulling to participate in the All India Quota for PG seats for 50 percent of its total seat capacity from 2022.

“UT of J&K currently has a very small pool of PG seats comprising a few hundred seats unlike other States of India which participate in All India Quota and have thousands of medical PG seats”, said Dr Zuhaib Younus, one of the protesters.

“If the proposal is implemented in All India Quota, 50 percent seats from GMCs and 100 percent seats from SKIMS would be filled through the same, only 172 seats would be reserved for the domiciled aspirants of J&K rendering a loss of 350 seats out of the total 522 seats available”. He said.

It is pertinent to mention, MBBS courses have been started at five newly constructed Government Medical Colleges i.e GMC Anantnag, GMC Baramulla, GMC Rajouri, GMC Doda and GMC Kathua but no PG seats have been allotted to these colleges yet.

Experts say the increasing number of MBBS graduates from the UT, which has roughly grown by many times in recent years necessitates the availability of more PG seats to be made available to the UT exclusively for proportionate accommodation.

Pertinently, unlike other states of India, there are no bondage rules in existence for medical postgraduate programmes in the UT of J&K, PG scholars from other states would not contribute to the overall no. of specialists in the state.

“Doctors belonging to J&K, pursuing PG programmes in different state colleges of India would have to be substantiated by subscribing to a working bond of 4-6 years” ” said Dr Suhaib Malik, A NEET PG aspirant.

“This would consequently reduce the doctor-patient ratio in the region drastically which is already very grim” he added.

The protesting NEET aspirants urged the UT administration to delay the pooling of PG seats from UT of J&K in All India Quota until PG seats are allotted to new Medical Colleges so that J&K.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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