A common entrance test for MBBS, BDS admissions: Haryana Minister

The Haryana Government has urged the Centre to raise the retirement age for medical education faculty from 65 years to 70 and conduct common entrance tests for MBBS and BDS admissions, Haryana Health Minister Geeta Bhukkal said while speaking at a conference of Health Ministers in Hyderabad.

According to an official release here, she said the Centre should also increase the number of MBBS seats in select colleges and allocate liberal funds for training of manpower involved in the delivery of health care services at various levels to make health services accessible, affordable and accountable.

These steps, coupled with synthesis of the strategies of State and Central governments, were vital for improving the health of people without which economic and social progress would be difficult to sustain, she added. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad presided over the conference.

Detailing the several steps taken by Haryana to improve and make health care facilities reach people's doorsteps, she said: “Our experience tells us that upgradation of infrastructure at each district hospital costs up to Rs. 60 crore. It is difficult for the State Government to carry out the entire process out of its own resources. I would request the Union Government to support efforts of the State in upgradation of all district hospitals so that we can prove ourselves as a model state in quality healthcare services delivery.”

While pleading for increasing the retirement age for medical education faculty from 65 years to 70, she said she favoured a strict screening process to ensure that extension beyond 60 is given only to those who evince keen interest in research and advancement in their respective fields and enjoy sound physical and mental health.