Selling of the Medical Seats near Bubble Burst: lower percentiles #NEET

Lowering NEET Percentile In PG or SS Making seats available at a lower percentile (15 -20) in post graduate and Super specialities courses will jeopardize the already crumbling quality of Medical Education  and will result in bidding for the  seats.

    This potpourri portends to be a travesty of quality, not just of medical education but more seriously, of the quality of doctors. Allotment of medical seats is being left to the vagaries of populism and commercialism, through a false sense ‘the illusion of merit’ secured via NEET. Admission criteria whittled down to mere 10-20 percent, will result in an irreversible and regressive compromise with quality of doctors. Will patients approve such dizzying choice and at what cost?       

       Going by selection of candidates as doctors, if given a choice, by which a patient will like to get treated? A candidate who scored 20 % marks or a person getting 60% or 80% marks.   NEET eligibility getting lower and a candidate getting around 20 % of marks may be able to secure a degree to treat patients.  What will be the deciding factor? The criteria as to why a person with 60% marks not getting a seat and another with 20% marks will be able to secure. It will depend upon, whether a candidate is able to pay the exorbitant fee or not. Present system and mechanism of admission permit and accept such huge variation! That strange equation is acceptable in lieu of money paid!

 Lowering NEET Percentile In PG or SS is an illusion of merit.   Overplayed narrative of fewer doctors in the country, rather than a system  for proper utilization is an effort to increase numbers of doctors is associated with dilution of merit. But this goal needs to be achieved with preserving quality of medical education.  

      Selling the medical seats is heading towards bubble burst, when despite declining demand for poor quality and expensive medical education, new private colleges being approved along with lowering merit to a dismal percentage.   

       Future doctors getting admissions by scoring just 10-20 percent of marks, poor teacher student ratio, seats being awarded to highest bidder are few pointers to the poor quality of medical education. Few years back NEET percent system was changed to percentile and now the bar is lowered further, just to accommodate more ‘bidders’ with less marks, to be able to buy  medical seats.   

Now, super specialty medical seat cut-offs slashed to 20 percentile

MUMBAI: Post-graduate doctors scoring as low as 20 percentile in NEET-SS will now be eligible for superspecialty seats in the country. Despite two rounds of admissions, over one-fifth of the seats in the courses are lying vacant. To ensure these seats do not go wasted, the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences slashed the cut-offs to 20 percentile from 50. In some of the courses, the raw scores for eligibility have dropped even to 188 or 217 out of 600. 2/10/23, 6:39 PM Now, superspecialty medical seat cut-offs slashed to 20 percentile.

On February 8, the board issued a circular announcing the special mop-up round in NEET-SS counselling and also the revised cut-offs in different specialty groups. The schedule for the mop-up round will be released soon. An official from the ministry of health and family welfare said that approximately 1,000 seats are vacant out of close to 5,000 superspecialty seats in the country. The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association India had requested the Centre to relax the eligibility criteria to ensure there is no wastage of seats, after receiving representations from aspirants, said Dr Kulsaurabh Kaushik, a member. He said sometimes seats go vacant in private colleges because of higher fees. Dr Avinash Supe, former dean of KEM Hospital, said, “Total SS seats in the country have gone up tremendously in recent years and students have become selective. For instance, in the surgical group, many are now preferring urology, gastrointestinal (GI) surgery and surgical oncology, whereas there is not much demand for paediatric, or cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. You need larger set-ups for these, which many cannot invest in. On the contrary, urology and GI surgeries need smaller set-ups and there is a demand too,” said Supe. He added in some courses, supply is higher than demand in the country. For a long time, even KEM did not get students for courses such as paediatric surgery. Last year, the Centre brought down the cut-off to 15 percentile after seats remained vacant in superspecialty courses.

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