Pune: All medical students, who have not yet completed the one-year bond, can take admission to the postgraduate (PG) course of 2019-2020. This comes after a recent order by the Bombay High Court while responding to a writ petition. Last year, a few students of the 2017 batch were denied admission to PG courses, as they had not served the one-year mandatory service in a rural area. Now, these students stand eligible for the admissions.
According to the order, the students are to be considered for the counselling round for admission to postgraduate medical courses for the academic year 2019-2020 without insisting upon completion of one-year compulsory bond certificate after the MBBS course.
Justice BR Gaval and Justice SK Shinde of the Bombay High Court issued the order on March 13, 2019, which further stated that the students, who have been admitted to the MBBS course up to October 10, 2017, can seek admission to postgraduate courses without fulfilling the requirement of the one-year bond.
Many postgraduate students had protested last year after the one-year service was made mandatory. Earlier, the students had six years time after the completion of their degree to complete the PG course as well as serve the bond.
Medical students said this step to not make the bond compulsory will help them in studying further as well as serving in rural areas with more dedication.
According to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Maharashtra has a total of 22 medical colleges.
Of these, 17 are government medical colleges plus government-run corporation colleges. The undergraduate intake capacity is of 3,310 while the postgraduate intake capacity is 2,792.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Controller of Examination, MUHS, Dr Ajit Pathak said that this is a positive step.
“We have encouraged students for the mandatory rural service. This step will be helpful for them to give service and at the same time apply for postgraduate courses,” said Dr Pathak.