Authorities mull strict penalty for MD, MS, MDS dropouts

Authorities mull strict penalty for MD, MS, MDS dropouts

GMC, BOPEE Working Out Modalities To ‘Prevent Loss Of seats’

Aspirants for post graduate medical and dental courses in J&K would have to make their choices for specialty more carefully now as authorities are contemplating to introduce stricter penalties for candidates who drop out of the selected course. While the move has invited severe criticism from the aspirants the authorities are mulling to bar the dropout candidate for three years and impose a fine.

Top officials of State Medical Colleges and Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) met here recently to chalk out the roadmap to prevent loss of seats to the state in case a candidate (s) leaves a postgraduate course midway/without completing it/do not join at a PG position after opting for it. 

The meeting was attended by all the Principals of State Medical Colleges including GMCs of Srinagar and Jammu and Dental Colleges. It discussed various issues related to MD/MS/MDS admissions took a serious note of the “problem of candidates dropping out after selection”.

While Chairman BOPEE, Muhammad Ashraf Bukhari said, “Loss of PG seats because of indecisiveness of candidates was a concern”, the Principal GMC Srinagar Dr Kaiser Ahmed said the Supreme Court ruling “Debars us from filling up a vacant seat after the last date of admission.” “It (ruling) makes it impossible for us to admit a candidate-in-waiting list against a vacant seat. Not just does the institution suffers loss of manpower for three years because a candidate is not able to make up his or her mind, but it is also a huge loss to state exchequer,” he said. “In a private college, a PG seat would cost around a crore.”

The Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar had reported that as many as 13 PG candidates dropped out of their courses last year, resulting in 15 percent PG seats of this institute “getting wasted”. In other medical colleges also, a similar trend had been reported, as per official sources.

Following the meeting, the authorities, in order to “discourage the candidates from dropping out” have recommended that such students be barred for three years from taking up any other PG course in the State colleges, in addition to imposing a fine which could go up to lakhs of rupees.

Bukhari said all the officials associated with medical and dental PG admissions were “on the same page” on the issue and the decisions taken in the meeting have been forwarded to the government. “We are expecting a policy decision soon on this grave matter and we are ready to implement those decisions,” he said.

Bukhari added that an SRO barring the candidates from future admissions in PG courses was already in place since 2005 but there were issues in its implementation. “We have requested the medical and dental colleges to furnish the details of all the candidates who have dropped out. We will take action based on the information that is furnished to us,” he said.

Reportedly, BOPEE has already initiated action against some candidates who have dropped out of courses last year. “Last year, because some candidates could not make up their mind well we suffered a colossal loss because of their dropping out,” said the GMC Principal. He said that various recommendations to curb the practice of dropping out had been made and include “fine of Rs 10 lakh and barring students for three years from appearing in competitive exam of medical PG”.

Officials said that because of a Supreme Court ruling, medical and dental colleges were not allowed to make any admission against a seat falling vacant after the last date of admissions. Administrators from BOPEE and medical colleges said that efforts were being made to help the candidate make informed preferences for courses. “We have put up the seat matrix on the website. Plus the candidate gets days altogether to make a choice and change it, before the last date, or locking the form,” Chairman BOPEE said. On the same note, Principal GMC Srinagar said that candidates need to be “focused” while indicating their preferences.

Meanwhile aspirants have been voicing concern about the “New process” of PG admissions of state medical and dental colleges that recently came under the ambit of all-India NEET for medical/dental PG courses. “The whole process is entirely new and alien to us. Instead of showing compassionate attitude towards us, the authorities are making new rules to confuse the candidates further,” aspirants alleged.