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Delhi medicos in a fix

NEW DELHI, APRIL 29. Students of Delhi medical colleges find themselves in a fix after the opening up of post-graduation entrance seats for non-Delhi MBBS candidates following a court ruling in this regard.

Each year, 150 clinical seats becomes available to the under- graduates of Delhi studying in the three medical colleges for doing post-graduation. With the opening up of these seats to anyone in the country, close to 40 per cent seats have gone to the outsiders this year, rue these students.

``The opening up of Delhi post-graduation seats has come as a rude shock to us. A heavy internship makes it hard to study for post-graduation. It is a nightmare.....'' says an intern from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), pointing out that people graduating from outside Delhi can appear in three entrance exams which includes that of their respective states and also Delhi, besides the all India exam. ``We have only two choices -- the all India and the Delhi state.''

The perception that non-Delhi graduates will comprise only a handful has turned out to be erroneous. As another intern from University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), says : ``We have nowhere to go... If the non-Delhi graduates keep on increasing, this will be the end of the road for us.''

Presently, the criteria for entrance to PG is not uniform throughout, and unless uniformity is established, status quo should be maintained, argue the affected students, who feel that the scenario will worsen after students from outside Delhi join on May 2.

The opening up of these seats is a warning to all those MBBS aspirants and parents from the Capital who dream of their wards as doctors, these students say, adding that ``they have to think beyond MBBS''.

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