Medicos, govt doctors to protest from March 21

Chennai: Medical students and government doctors will go on a protest from March 21 if the Directorate General of Health Services, which conducts online counseling for students under the all-India quota, does not allot 27% of the seats to OBC candidates during 2018 PG admissions scheduled to begin on March 14.
Representatives of various doctors’ bodies said only 3% of the postgraduate seats were reserved for OBC candidates in the 2017 admissions by the Centre against the usual 27%. “There should have been 2,100 OBC students in the DGHS admission list. But the list had admitted only 165 in degree and 18 others in diploma courses. This is against social justice,” said Dr. G.R. Ravindranath, general secretary of Doctors Association for Social Justice.
Like every state, Tamil Nadu surrenders 50% of its seats to the all-India quota but none of these seats were given to an OBC candidate in a state medical college.
The doctors’ bodies wants TN to ensure that Medical Council of India rules do not infringe on incentives and reservations for in-service doctors in PG and super specialty admissions. The state should push for amendments in the Medical Council of India Act, they said.

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