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32 PG medical seats not filled last yr, 36 still vacant this yr

June 7, 2012

As many as 32 post-graduate medical seats in specialised disciplines remained vacant last year in the two medical colleges attached to the Safdarjung Hospital and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

While the hospitals come under the Ministry of Health, the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College at Safdarjung Hospital and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research at RML Hospital are affiliated to the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU).

The hospitals together offer 126 PG seats in various disciplines under the state quota, and another 126 under the all India quota.

Responding to a RTI query by PG student Abhishek Bhardwaj, the university stated: “No. of seats (that) remained vacant in 2011 session were 32. These were surrendered by GGSIPU to the all India quota for academic session 2011.”

As per the RTI reply, 36 seats are vacant this year after the university’s first round of counselling. These may be transferred for All India counselling.

A Health Ministry official said: “Until last year, there was no web-based monitoring of the counselling procedure after completion of the written test. As per rules, the Union Ministry fills 126 seats for these two colleges under the All India quota, and the university fills an equal number for the Delhi quota.”

By the time, data was tabulated and requests sent last year, the time period for All India counselling was already over.

“How can so many PG medical seats go waste when every seat is considered so precious?” asked Bhardwaj. Experts blame policies for the loss of seats. In medicine, unlike IITs, there is no bar on transfer of seats if a student has already blocked a seat for an academic year.

“Every year, students who take seats for Delhi counselling also appear for All India counselling to get into better disciplines. Original seats go waste,” the Ministry official said.

In IITs, after a candidate selects a discipline in the first round of counselling, no shifting is permitted in that session.

As per rules, if the university cannot fill its sanctioned seats with Delhi students, the vacant positions have to be transferred to the All India quota.

Dr D K Bandyopadhyay, Vice Chancellor of GGSIPU, said: “As per rules, we are supposed to surrender our vacant seats. Beyond that, if seats are not getting filled, it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health.”

But he added that filling “over 100” medical PG seats with Delhi students “becomes difficult”.

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