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Medicos call off protest

Students at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi ended their agitation on Friday after Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad made it clear that Medical Council of India’s (MCI) proposal to extend the duration of MBBS course from 5.5 to 7.5 years would not be approved.

To the relief of the students, the minister also said rural posting would not be mandatory for those appearing in postgraduate examination for the year 2015-16.

“The minister has directed officials of the Medical Council of India to keep in abeyance the notification in respect of one-year mandatory rural posting after completion of MBBS, before they seek admission to PG course…,” read a statement issued by Azad’s office in New Delhi.

A letter to this effect was sent to the MCI.

Following the assurance, the members of Junior Junior Doctors’ Association at RIMS also called off their proposed strike from Monday.

On Thursday, they had promised to extend their support to the medical students’ strike at the capital cradle if the health ministry did not give any assurance by Saturday that it would not give its nod to the MCI decision.