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  • Two medical colleges under the scanner for charging excess fees

    Bangalore
    October 12, 2018

    In their complaint to the Admission Overseeing Committee, students of one college allege that they were threatened with loss of attendance


    Two medical colleges in the city are under the scanner for allegedly charging excess fees. One college allegedly threatened to withhold attendance of students who failed to pay the "excess fees" by Monday. The management informed students that they would be marked absent if they failed to do so.

    It is illegal for colleges to make their students pay excess fees over and above what has been fixed by the State government.

    As many as 58 students have lodged a complaint with the Admission Overseeing Committee (AOC), which has issued a notice to the management of East Point Medical College.

    According to the complainants, second-year students admitted under the institutional quota were asked to pay ₹80,900, while those in the government quota had to pay ₹91,800. This is in addition to the ₹77,500 and ₹6.33 lakh tuition fees collected from students in the government quota and institution quota seats, respectively. Students also alleged that they had paid extra fees last year, but the facilities offered by the college were of poor quality.

    This is not the only college that has come under the scanner.

    Students of the Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital have also approached the Admission Overseeing Committee alleging that they were asked to pay an additional ₹1.48 lakh to the college. Some of the sub-heads under which the management has reportedly sought money include a cricket ground, gym, air conditioners, and a swimming pool fund.

    The AOC has ordered both the medical colleges to refund the excess fees collected, failing which they have to explain why action should not be taken against them. In the notice, the committee has warned the colleges that it would recommend withdrawal of recognition by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

  • NEET 2019: APPLICATION FORM RELEASING ON 01 NOV; HERE ARE 5 IMPORTANT THINGS YOU MUST KNOW

    New Delhi
    October 9, 2018

    These are the 5 important points that every NEET 2019 aspirant must know.


    National Test Agency (NTA) is all set to release NEET 2019 Application Form on November 01, 2018. Approximately 13 lakh candidates are looking forward to applying for the examination. The exam will be held on May 05, 2019, and here are 5 important things that all the aspirants must know.

    #1 NEET 2019 Application Form will be Released on Old Website

    The application form will be released online, on the official website cbseneet.nic.in. Now that CBSE is not conducting the examination, it was begin expected that the form will be released on nta.ac.in. However, the possibility of form to be released in old NEET website is more. Such is because the application form for JEE Main 2019 was also released on the old website of the examination. Also there are chances that new website is created by name of ntaneet.nic.in

    #2 NEET 2019 Important Chapter with Weghtage

    National level medical entrance examination is one of the toughest exam. Now that less than 8 months are left for NEET 2019, its high time to start the preparation. The competition is so high that candidates even seek help of crash courses. Some of the best crash courses are also available online. However, candidates may check the subject with highest and lowest weightage and the prepare accordingly.

    #3 NCERT Biology Book has Changed, So Refer to the New Book

    NTA has clearly stated that the syllabus of NEET 2019 will be same as before. Hence, it is advised that the candidates refer to the new NCERT Biology book. There were some factual errors in the biology book earlier, so it was changed. Hence, it is better that the candidates refer to the new book only.

    #4 Exam will be Held Offline in Single Slot

    To the satisfaction of a lot of candidates, NEET will be held in pen and paper mode only. The exam will be conducted in 11 languages, in a single slot. Numerous states are fighting for exam to be held in its regional language. However, as per the notice so far it will be held in English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu

    #5 All the Dates for NEET 2019

    All the dates for NEET have been released. Many students are of view that only the exam date has been released. However, the Agency has announced all the important dates. The registration for NEET 2019 is open from November 01 to 30. Admit card downloading will begin from April 15, 2018, and after the examination the result will be announced on June 05, 2018.

  • NTA STARTED JEE MAIN 2019 APPLICATION FORM CORRECTION; PHOTO WITHOUT NAME AND DATE ARE ACCEPTED

    New Delhi
    October 8, 2018

    Candidates will be able to change their personal details, choice of paper, education-related details, and medium of the exam. Already uploaded photograph and signature cannot be edited.


    Recently, the National Testing Agency has finally confirmed that it will be accepting the photographs uploaded by the candidate, even without a candidate’s name and date mentioned on it. This confirmation has been provided over the official website of JEE Main 2019 i.e www.jeemain.nic.in over the main page itself. All the aspirants falling under this criteria has breathed a sigh of relief after receiving this confirmation from NTA.

    Also, candidates must note that the NTA has activated the JEE Main 2019 Application Form Correction window from October 8, 2018, onwards. This is one-time, final opportunity provided to all the applicants to make the full use of this window as, after this window closes NTA will not be entertaining any requests regarding the same.

    To open this JEE Main 2019 correction window and make changes in the application form, a candidate will be required to login with their application form number and password. However, this facility will not be applicable to edit photograph and signature, uploaded by a candidate, along with the exam cities opted by a candidate. Whereas a candidate will be able to change their personal details, paper opted for, educational qualification and examination medium.

    Candidates will be required to submit an additional fee to correct or edit their details via choosing any of the following payment gateway options over the JEE Main 2019 Application Form Correction window.

    After receiving the corrections from all the applicants on October 14, 2018, National Testing Agency will be releasing the Admit cards on December 17, 2018. All those who had submitted their JEE Main 2019 Applications well on time and also corrected some of their details( if it was required) as per their corresponding documents, will be able to retrieve their JEE Main 2019 Admit Cards from the application portal. All the changes made by using the Correction window will be treated as the final ones and will also be printed on the admit card.

    Joint Entrance Examination(JEE) Main 2019 is conducted every year for providing admissions to various BE/B. Tech or B.Arch/B. Plan aspirants in various NITs, IIITs and CFTIs is based on the All India Rank (AIR) of JEE Main or to appear for JEE Advanced 2019. Till the last year, CBSE used to conduct this national level entrance examination, but 2019 onwards, National Testing Agency is the conducting body of this entrance. Also, JEE Main 2019 will be conducted twice a year i.e once in the month of January and other in the month of April. For the January session, the application process has been closed after receiving over 9.65 lakhs of applications.

  • 5 Critical Decisions before the new MCI Board of Governors

    New Delhi
    October 4, 2018

    With the Union Cabinet all of a sudden announcing the dismantling of the Medical Council of India and appointing Board of Governors to run its affairs, the 7 member BoG indeed has its hands full now.


    Running the apex medical regulator along with the high positional responsibilities they are already bearing is indeed going to be a tough task. Having said that, their appointment has indeed brought a new hope to many in the medical fraternity who had lost hope of reform after the NMC Bill did not see any action in the last session of the parliament.

    With taking charge, there are some critical decisions that need immediate attention of the BoG. These include some decisions where MCI was about to take a call on, some decisions on which it was sitting, while some which appeared to have been forgotten by the council.

    Here are some of the decisions pending before the MCI, which we hope that Board of Governors will take an immediate call on,

    MD-DNB equivalence

    Probably the biggest bone of contention that has emerged in the recent times between the union government and the erstwhile members of the Medical Council of India is the issue of MD-DNB equivalence. The Government has made its intention clear of providing equivalence to DNB candidates from large private hospitals ( more than 500 beds) to enter the pool of medical academia while the council has been clearly stuck on its stand of making such candidates do additional 3 year residency in medical colleges, in order to become eligible for faculty posts.

    With the Health Ministry, sending back the previous recommendations of the MCI in the matter, the decision was yet again to come up in the council meeting. With the BoG taking over, the decision will now be made by the 7 member committee.

    Sources in the Health Ministry informed Hindu that this will be the first thing on the agenda of the Board of Governors (BoG) when they hold their meeting. If the equivalence is granted, around 2000 DNB candidates will be immediately available to join as medical faculty in medical colleges, and will indeed provide respite to the suffocating shortage of medical teachers in the country.

    New MBBS Curriculum

    In an era, where medical advancements and breakthroughs take place almost daily, our MBBS students have been studying a curriculum that is at least two decades old. With much procedural delays and debates, MCI this year finally announced that the new curriculum will be launched from academic year 2019-20 and the training of teachers has been started

    Unique Permanent Registration Number (UPRN)

    One Country- One Registration- The decision of having one MCI number- a UPRN that would act as an Aadhaar card of doctors to , was indeed hailed by the fraternity when it was announced. The UPRN number stands as a solution to a number of issues that are plaguing the medical practitioners across the country, including duplicate registrations across various states, renewal of registrations, as well as that the growing menace fake medical practitioners. Moreover, it would finally help the regulator create a National Registry of Doctors. Till date, no one in the country, not even the Medical Council of India has any idea of how many doctors are actually practicing in the country and in which domain, a fact which stands as a basic requirement for any public health policy in the country.

    CPS Recognition

    While DNB candidates in the country are fighting for the equivalence, candidates having degrees from College of Physicians and Surgeons are fighting for recognition. MCI on its part has been doing a Yo-Yo Movement when it comes to decision of recognition of these courses. In October 2017, through a gazette MCI recognised many CPS diplomas, while just 4 months later, through another notification de-recognised many other CPS degrees.

    Medical College Inspections

    There are three sides of every MCI inspection- one the medical college’s, one MCI’s and ONE that needs to be video-recorded, compiled and promptly put in public domain so that medical aspirants exactly know what sort of medical college they are seeking admission into. With the battle for recognition for majority of private medical colleges now reaching the doors of the court, even the Supreme Court recently lamented, "There are incessant disputes which reach this Court about what actually transpired at inspections of various private medical colleges by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The parties contest virtually every fact that is recorded in an inspection."

  • Centre appoints committee to run Medical Council of India

    New Delhi
    September 26, 2018

    A Bill to replace the Medical Council of India with a National Medical Commission is pending in Parliament.


    President Ram Nath Kovind signed an ordinance Wednesday to set up a committee to run the Medical Council of India until Parliament passes legislation to replace the body with a new commission, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

    The Modi Cabinet cleared the ordinance this morning, Jaitley said.

    Since the term of the MCI's elected body is ending soon, Jaitley said, a need was felt for it to be run by a committee of eminent individuals.
    He said the Board of Governors who would run the MCI include Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul and AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria.

    The seven-member BOG also comprises AIIMS New Delhi Director Randeep Guleria, PGI Chandigarh Director Jagat Ram, NIMHANS Bangalore Chief BN Gangadhar, AIIMS New Delhi professor Nikhil Tandon, Director General Health Services S Venkatesh, and Secretary Health Research Balram Bhargava.