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Times of India
25 March 2010
Ahmedabad, India

MBBS Grads to Serve in Rural Areas from 2011 MBBS Grads to Serve in Rural Areas from 2011
A few years of service in rural area and fresh MBBS graduates can get a step closer to their dream post-graduate degree. In an effort to improve medical facility in rural areas, Gujarat University medical faculty has decided to implement the latest amendment introduced by Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Centre.

From 2011, MBBS graduates, who have served in rural area will get additional points, which will be considered for the merit list for their post graduate courses. “We have implemented MCI’s recommendation, which is a win-win situation for both, the students as well as people in rural areas. The scheme is that for one year of service in a rural area, a PG applicant will get an additional 10 per cent of his entrance test score. For two years of working in a rural area, the student will get 20 per cent and for a service of three years the student will get 30 per cent of the total test score as additional marks”, said HP Bhalodia, dean of medical faculty, Gujarat University.

Medical facilities in rural areas have been a major concern for authorities as the number of doctors serving there has been decreasing. “The faculty wanted to introduce the scheme from this year, but since PG medical admissions have already started, the scheme will be introduced from 2011”, he added.

Earlier this year, MCI also introduced the Rural MBBS, where special seats for candidates from rural areas, who have to serve in rural areas for at least 10 years before applying for a PG course.

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