The move to ban Chinese apps is being hailed by all sections of the society with many hoping that this will give impetus for Indian products to prosper. The ban on some social media apps including WeChat has however, broken the communication bridge for Indian students pursuing their studies in China. With most of them back in India due to the pandemic, the ban on these platforms has left them missing out on the day-to-day communication with classmates and professors. “WeChat in China is what WhatsApp is in India. While all the official university announcements are shared via email, most of the communication regarding assignments, group activities and day to developments are shared on chat. With WeChat terminating services in
As medical admissions close in a few countries, students are restless over the constant deferment of NEET and many are demanding the exam to be scapped for admissions abroad Time sensitive decision The Supreme Court has directed MCI to consider the plea of students seeking NEET waiver for MBBS admissions abroad. However, it is a time sensitive matter as many colleges abroad are soon closing the admission process. Students will benefit from an early decision. Several NRI students are also facing this challenge to seek admissions in India due to travel restrictions, as they are required to appear for the entrance in India itself. The exemption can be considered as a one-time measure in limited for 2020. - Dr M
BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to issue new guidelines to utilize final year MBBS students for Covid duties to ensure sufficient trained manpower, said a minister after attending a video conference with the PM on the state of the pandemic in 10 states on Tuesday. "Requested the Centre to set new guidelines to utilize final year MBBS and degree students for Covid duties to ensure adequate supply of trained manpower," said Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar. He also requested Modi to raise the number of MBBS seats by 2,000 and graduate seats by 10,000. As Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa went into self-quarantine after a week's hospitalisation on Monday evening after recovering from Covid, two of his cabinet
NEW DELHI: The board of governors in suppression of Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued advisory on MBBS examination and external examiners for the MBBS examinations in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the advisory no batch should be permitted to move to the next level of the MBBS course without an examination. It further said that the colleges should aim to complete the first MBBS course within two months of re-opening of the colleges and thereafter the first MBBS University exams should be completed as soon as possible, preferably within a month. The Board has further advised that relaxations provided for the conduct of final year postgraduate examination in terms of the appointment of examiners and the
AHMEDABAD: In a move that could benefit 450 students from Gujarat, the Central government has issued a notification stating that it is no longer mandatory for students who have completed their MBBS studies in China to undergo one -year internship training in India for registration purpose. The notification dated July 30 by the Board of Governors in consultation with Medical Council of India said that they are in receipt of frequent communication from foreign medical graduates regarding acceptance of their internship undergone in foreign medical institutes. In this regard, a public notice has been posted on the website of ministry of health and family welfare regarding a decision on Indian students who have completed MBBS in China.
NEW DELHI: Maharashtra government on Monday assured the Supreme Court that it would not proceed with the recruitment process to fill up the vacancies on the basis of 12 per cent Maratha reservation till September 15, except for departments, Public Health and Medical Education and Research. The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018 was enacted to grant reservation to people of Maratha community in Maharashtra in jobs and admissions. The Bombay High Court, while upholding the law in June last year, had held that 16 per cent reservation was not justifiable and said that quota should not exceed 12 per cent in employment and 13 per cent in admissions. A bench of Justices L N Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has decided to defer final year undergraduate MBBS summer 2020 exams till further orders. The varsity had earlier deferred UG exams of other streams. MUHS controller of exams Ajit Pathak told medical colleges about the exams that were scheduled from August 4. University officials said the exams were cancelled given Covid-19. Lockdowns are being reimposed in many districts. State medical education minister Amit Deshmukh had directed the varsity to defer UG exams. MUHS sources said 641 students were to appear for the exams. Had they appeared and passed, they would have taken up internship in government and civic hospitals in the state, which would have increased doctors treating Covid-19 patients. The university decided to conduct postgraduate medical exams from
AHMEDABAD: With the annual exams for medical and paramedical courses set to begin in August, students say their careers will be at risk if they join the anti-Covid duty. Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, the Gujarat government has taken the all-hands-on-deck approach by proposing to deploy students of all medical, dental, and paramedical courses in the mission to fight the pandemic. The state is facing an acute shortage of frontline medical teams. So the government plans to add an additional frontline taskforce of 1 lakh students who are in their first, second, third, and final years of undergraduate studies. In the case of medical courses, all students from first to final years are to take the exams. As for paramedical courses,
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu will have at least 400 more MBBS seats on its seat matrix for the 2020 medical admissions. The Medical Council of India has increased 250 seats in existing medical colleges - government and private - and also permitted a new self-financing college to start UG medical programme in 2021. The Government Kanyakumari Medical College and Hospital has been permitted to add 50 more MBBS seats to the existing 100 seats, director of medical education Dr R Narayanababu said. The medical college in Asaripallam, Nagercoil, started iwith 100 seats in 2004. In 2016, the college started postgraduate medical programmes. "The policy of the state is to start new medical in every district and increase seats in all existing medical
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government has announced that to meet the need for medical staff for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, medical students will be roped in as assistants. The Gujarat government has observed that looking at the Covid-19 situation in the state, there could be a scarcity of medical staff in the coming days. To cope with this situation, the students studying in government medical and paramedical colleges, the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS) medical colleges, self financed medical colleges and grant-in-aid institutions can be roped in for government healthcare services, the government announced on Friday. The first year, second and third year MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, physiotherapist, BSc nursing, GNM and students in the final year of various branches
By: Subrata Chattaraj KOLKATA: A section of MBBS students from West Bengal University of Health Sciences has filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court against conducting the second professional MBBS and third professional Part I MBBS examinations from July 14 to 21, seeking a stay due to the Covid-19 situation. The students pleaded that in the absence of public transport, they would not be able to appear for the exams. The case is likely to be heard by the HC on Monday, said Firdous Shamim, lawyer for the aggrieved students. Shamim said that the MBBS students lived in different parts of Bengal and some were from outside the state. So it would be difficult for them to commute while Covid-19 cases rose.
NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has accessed various recommendation letters by separatists for Pakistani visas for students from Jammu and Kashmir whereby their contributions in the stir against the security forces were highlighted, officials have said. The NIA had earlier red flagged admissions to medical institutions in Pakistan on the recommendations of separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and termed them as an "alternative mechanism" for funding of terror groups. In 2017, the NIA had registered a case to probe the terror funding and arrested over a dozen people in this connection including Altaf Ahmad Shah alias 'Fantoosh', son-in-law of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani who last week disassociated himself from politics. The successor of 90-year-old Geelani in Pakistan's chapter
KOCHI: Not just the medical college at Wayanad, DM Education and Research Foundation (DMERF) is considering the handover of even its nursing and pharmacy colleges and its associated infrastructure to the Kerala government. This proposal is to support the local government to improve healthcare delivery and medical education in the backward district of Wayanad, said Dr Azad Moopen, managing trustee, DMERF. “The terms and conditions will be finalized after the government appointed committee submits its report in three weeks,” said Dr Moopen, who has promised to donate Rs 250 cr to the state government out of the total expenses incurred on DM WIMS Medical College and associated institutions. This is the first time during Covid that a private college in the state
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for its decision to start classes for MBBS students, saying it can jeopardise the safety of the students. "At a time when coronavirus cases are rising across the country, UP government's decision to start classes for MBBS students can jeopardize their safety," the Congress general secretary said in a tweet in Hindi. The UP government should take the matter of students' safety seriously and take a decision after due consideration, she said. Students are saying that online classes are already under way, therefore, it is necessary to listen to the students, take steps for their safety and a take a decision after understanding their and
NEW DELHI: A petition has been moved in Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Central government to follow the 27 percent reservation of the seats for the OBC category in medical and dental colleges for the academic year 2020. According to the petition, in the past two academic years -- 2017-18 and 2018-19 -- around 5,530 seats that would have gone to students of the OBC category, if the reservation procedure was followed, were allotted to students of the general category. The plea, filed on Tuesday, alleged that after the NEET results, that were published for the year 2020, it was learned through various news reports that the 27 percent of the reservation to the OBCs was not followed in the
CHENNAI: The ruling AIADMK and the MDMK in Tamil Nadu have moved the Madras High Court seeking 50 per cent reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in seats for medical and dental courses surrendered by the state towards the all-India quota. The opposition DMK has already filed a petition in this regard citing Supreme Court's direction to approach the High Court. The AIADMK represented by its Villupuram district secretary and Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam filed the petition. MDMK founder-leader Vaiko has also approached the court with another petition. In the affidavit, the AIADMK found fault with the Centre and said it was denying reservation in state surrendered seats to All India Quota (AIQ) in the year 2018-19 and 2019-20, adding that only 220