Monday, August 19, 2013

Medical students hold candle march, want more seats for specialists

Medical students hold candle march, want more seats for specialists

JAIPUR: Medical students in state have demanded an increase in seats for specialists and super-specialists in medical education. A candle march by medical students across Rajasthan was organized on Saturday to highlight the issue. The four kilometre candlelight march started at SMS Medical College, Jaipur and ended at Statue Circle Jaipur which was part of the nationwide movement 'Save the Doctor'.

The students took out the march as they claimed that pursuing post graduation in any stream of medicine is essential for a doctor to become a specialist such as gynecologists, neurologist, surgeons and radiologists. They demanded an increase in seats as they anticipate that there will be dearth of specialist doctors and surgeons in India, if the seats are not increased.

However, a medical and health department official said that in Rajasthan the number of seats have increased considerably in medical education over the past five years. He said in 2008 there were 7 medical colleges, which had 750 seats for MBBS, but now the seats have increased to 1,300.

He said that not only MBBS seats increased but even seats for post graduation have increased considerably. In 2008, there were only 450 seats for PG which have also increased to 694.

He added that as far as super-specialty seats are concerned those seats which were only 20 in number earlier had also increased to 87 collectively in all the medical colleges of the state.

The official said that the overall increase in the medical education in the last five years has been huge. A new medical college will soon open in Jaipur and there are also plans to open more medical colleges in the state.

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