VIJAYAWADA: The students interested in medicine and related courses got their several doubts clarified by several subject experts at The Hindu-Education Plus Career Counselling Workshop – 2009 at Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram here on Sunday. Some queries and answers are:
What are the courses offered by Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences?
A: Besides MBBS and BDS, Dr. NTR-UHS offers undergraduate courses in Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Naturopathy and Unani medicine.
What are the prospects for dentistry?
A: A degree in BDS is better than a plain MBBS because the former, in itself, is a specialisation. It is a very good option for girls as there is no emergency situation to attend to.
What should a candidate look for before choosing a course in dentistry?
A: The institution must have been approved by the Dental Council of India. It must have a very good OPD, good faculty and infrastructure facilities. One must personally visit the nearby college to get a first-hand account of the facts.
Throw some light on veterinary sciences
A: There are five colleges in the State that offer an undergraduate course in veterinary science.
The Veterinary Council of India decides the curriculum. It is a five-year course and, by the end of the fifth year, one must acquire comprehensive knowledge of animal health management and production aspect of animals. Some 500 posts are lying vacant in the government sector, while one can always look for greener pastures in the private sector.
If not medicine, what is the next best option?
A: Besides BDS, one can pursue courses in B. Pharm, Bio-technology, veterinary sciences, agriculture or horticulture.
What is the reservation ratio for non-local candidates?
A: Fifteen per cent of the seats have been categorised as ‘unreserved’ while the remaining 85 per cent are for local candidates.
G.O. 42 makes it mandatory for the authorities to first fill the 15 per cent ‘unreserved’ seats on merit basis before filling the remaining seats.
What should a BiPC student opt for?
A: First preference must be given to a government college, then to a private institution and then dental, Ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathy in that order.
How much impact global recession has on health sector?
A: There is no recession impact on the health sector. It is evergreen.
Are NCC students eligible for a quota in medical seats?
A: A separate notification will be issued for filling NCC quota in MBBS.
What is the procedure for admission into B. Sc. agriculture?
A: Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University will issue a notification for it.