“With a delay in admissions of first year students, workload has shifted to current batches of students in three-year MD/MS courses. Not just PG aspirants, whose academic year is delayed by over six months, but doctors in current batches are overburdened with Covid and non-Covid work,” said federation president Dr Manish from Delhi.
Any new changes in the admission process should be introduced well in advance and not at the eleventh hour. With the OBC and EWS reservations applied to all-India quota seats in medical admissions, qualified students are also unsure about getting seats of their choice. As the matter is pending in court, students waiting admissions for six months are worried about further delays.
“After results of final year exams were announced, most successful candidates were relieved from duties… some joined as senior residents in parent institutions. Thus, healthcare institutions are being managed by current batches of second and third year resident doctors… This is a precarious situation, considering that current batches have been dealing with the pandemic since the beginning and are overburdened,” the federation letter stated.
First year aspirants from general category want the court to decide soon on validity of OBC and EWS quotas in medical all-India quota seats as many colleges will be left with no open category seats after implementation of new quotas. “Many doctors, working and supporting family, rely on stipends. Uncertainty over seats is getting exhausting,” said a first year aspirant, Dr Zubin Driver.
PG students or resident doctors form bulk of the healthcare workforce which worked during the first and second waves of Covid. NEET-PG for admissions to these MD/MS courses are held in January every year, but this year, it was pushed to April 18, and due to second wave was further pushed to September. Exams were held, and results were announced. But government’s last-minute decision to implement the OBC and EWS quotas in all-India quota seats for undergraduate and PG medical and dental seats was opposed by aspirants, who challenged it. The circular was issued on July 29.