It goes without saying that getting admission to a PG medical course in a government college is one of the toughest feats for an MBBS graduate in the country.
Let alone top medical colleges, entry into smaller colleges in nondescript places is also equally tough.
Stakes are high as the number of seats are limited and entrants are in lakhs. Getting admission into a private college costs a bomb, with fees running into lakhs and sometimes more than Rs 1 crore.
In such a scenario, at least 40 PG medical seats including those in most coveted branches like radiology, orthopaedics, anaesthesia and ophthalmology have remained vacant in Gujarat due to altered rules by the National Medical Council (NMC).
Not just Gujarat, many other states have reported a similarly dismal scenario. Across India, as of October 28, the estimate of vacant PG medical seats is 1,500. In Tamil Nadu, about 150 PG AIQ seats remain vacant.
Medical educationists rue that since 2021, the NMC does not allow all-India quota (AIQ) seats in government-run medical colleges across states in India, which is why many of them remain vacant after the fourth round of PG medical admissions to go back to the respective states for admission.