States to hold Combined Counselling for PG Medical Courses

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has asked all the States and Union Territories to comply with its latest notification regarding the admission process for PG Medical courses. In a letter directed to the Principal Secretaries (Medical Education) of States & UTs, the ministry has asked to hold combined counselling for PG Medical/Dental admissions in all government and private institutions at State/UT-level from the academic session 2017-18.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – NEET PG is already in place to shortlist meritorious students for admissions into PG medical/dental courses. As per the standard practice, the counselling for admissions under All India 50% quota seats is done by the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) of Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India. Similarly, the counselling for State quota seats is conducted by concerned States/designated authority and the Private medical colleges/institutes/universities/deemed universities hold their own counselling.

The Union Health Ministry has held discussions with the States/UTs through video conferencing on November 28 in which most of the States/UTs showed their willingness to hold combined counselling for PG medical/dental courses at State/UT level. After holding deliberate discussions on the same, the ministry has decided that the States/UTs will hold combined counselling for all private and government institutions, including state quota seats as well as seats in Private medical/dental colleges and private/deemed universities. Meanwhile, the counselling for admissions in Armed Forces Medical Service Institutions will be done by Directorate General Armed Forces Medical Services, Ministry of Defence, as per the standard practice.

In view of the officials, the combined counselling process would eliminate the malpractices prevalent in the medical admissions at institution-level. The combined counselling for Undergraduate medical/dental courses had been conducted for the academic session 2016-17 and owing to its good response, the Union Health Ministry has taken the decision to include combined counselling for PG admissions. Also, the combined counselling process would result in less time wastage for the students as they can register and attend the counselling process at one time for all desired institutions.

NEET PG 2017 has been conducted by the National Board of Examinations and the results will be announced on or before January 15. Based on the merit lists of NEET PG, the admission process would commence.

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