| Patna Medical College and Hospital |
Students aspiring for postgraduate medical seats under the government’s quota would have to wait longer this academic session because Bihar has not yet held the second round of counselling.
The new academic session is scheduled to start from June 30. The state government has, however, not yet conducted the second round of counselling for the All-India Postgraduate Medical Entrance. It was supposed to be held between April 27 and May 3.
Bihar is among the few states that have defaulted on finalising the counselling session for postgraduate admission to medical courses for 2014-15 under its quota. It has around 500 postgraduate seats in the different medical colleges. A source in the health department said: “After the second round of counselling, another session has to be held before candidates can be admitted. But at present, the option of a third round of counselling does not arise.”
Saurav Kumar, an aspirant, said: “We are not sure how many seats are available in the government medical colleges. The postgraduate admission process is in a complete mess this year. We have been repeatedly asking the government officials for a date but to no avail.”
Principal secretary, health, Deepak Kumar was unavailable to comment on the delay.
The additional secretary (also spokesperson) R.P. Ojha said he was unaware about the cause for the delay.
The Supreme Court had ordered 18 states, including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to conclude the counselling for admission to postgraduate medical courses (state quota) by June 25 and by June 9 for all-India. The court directed the MCI to notify a new counselling schedule on a proposal of the Union health ministry. Under the new schedule, in the first two sessions, the state concerned would first conduct the counselling, followed by the all-India procedure. In the final round, all-India counselling would be followed by state counselling.
According to the schedule, states had to complete the first counselling session by March 30. The first round of all-India quota counselling followed from April 4-16. The second round of state counselling was scheduled from April 27 to May 3, followed by all-India quota counselling from May 9 to May 13.
On the failure of the government to conduct the counselling in time, the general secretary of Bihar Health Services Association, Ajay Kumar, said: “Failure to hold the counselling session in time would delay the admission process and as a result, the start of the new academic session.”