TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2003 01:43:59 AM ]
NEW DELHI : The Indian Medical Council has proposed to the government that those doctors who have served in rural areas for at least three years, be given priority in admission to postgraduate courses.
At a two-day workshop over the weekend, the Council, a regulatory body created by an act of Parliament, revised some of the regulations regarding the functioning of the medical colleges and the training of doctors. During the deliberations, it took note of the inadequacy of qualified doctors in villages and decided to give admission to higher medical courses as an incentive to doctors working in villages.
The Council agreed that 50 per cent of all seats for postgraduate diploma courses should go to medical graduates who had served in rural areas. This will be in keeping with the intentions expressed in the 10th Plan document, Dr Ketan Desai, chairman of the committee for reviewing the Council regulations, said on Tuesday.
The Council is of the view that the postgraduate medical diplomas should be gradually phased out. It has decided to write to the government shortly communicating its recommendations. Another interesting proposal mooted at the workshop is for stretching the four and-a-half-year MBBS course by another six months for orienting the would-be doctors in English, communicative skills, computers and medical ethics.
The council feels that since a significant percentage of medical students come from rural areas, lack of communicative abilities and computer literacy prove a hindrance for them. The Council revised its earlier regulation that for starting a medical college a well-established 300-bed hospital is a pre-requisite
The new rule is that at the time of opening the medical college the hospital should have been in existence for at least three years. The Council modified its earlier position that for setting up a new medical college a plot of 25 acres is necessary. Reviewing its regulation, the Council observed that in cities and hilly areas acquiring such a piece of land is difficult. Perhaps that is the reason not many new medical colleges have come up in the cities, Desai said.