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The Statesman

11 May 2014

Docs in state-run hospitals concerned over MCI decision

Kolkata, 10 May: The Centre’s decision to cancel as many as 830 seats in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in the state will have an adverse effect on the health services in the state; feel various organisations of doctors serving in the state-run hospitals.


Following the recommendation of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Union Health ministry has recently cancelled around 32 existing seats in various postgraduate courses in several medical colleges including the only state-run super specialty hospital, SSKM. The West Bengal University of Health Sciences had urged the Centre to give permission to introduce 48 new seats in the post-graduate studies in different colleges but the permission has been denied. Earlier, around 750 under-graduate medical seats were cancelled as the MCI was not satisfied with the poor infrastructure of the medical colleges that sought an increase in the number of seats.

The medical fraternity in the city believes that health services would be collapsed in the state run hospitals if the infrastructure in these colleges is not enhanced.
Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field and the director of Dr Maity Educational and Medical Research Institute said that he would write to the Chief Minister urging her to enhance infrastructure in these medical colleges within four months so that the colleges can get the permission from the MCI and the Central government.
“If the MCI in its next visit in September find that medical colleges teaching undergraduate courses have the minimum requisite infrastructure then it may reconsider the matter. Unless, the health services in the state will be affected, especially when there is a shortage of doctors in almost all the hospitals,” Dr Maity said.

Service Doctors Forum (SDF) and Medical Service Centre (MSC), organisations of doctors who are in government services will submit a deputation to the Director of Health Services and Director of Medical Education so that the government takes some steps in this matter.
Dr Sajal Biswas, Secretary, SDF said: “This will not only affect the health services in government hospitals but will benefit the private practitioners.”

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                   Percentage back in JEE merit list
Kolkata : The rethink started after Supreme Court passed an order against CBSEs holding the single medical entrance examination. NEET was scrapped.
A circular issued this year asked state JEE boards to follow the MCI notification of 1997 and revert to the  .Thus, we have also decided that the eligibility criteria for merit determination will be on 50% aggregate and 50% in JEE marks in place of percentile, said JEE chairman Bhaskar Gupta on Saturday.
The board has decided to award ranks to all candidates. Even examinees who do not qualify for the e-counselling by bagging a positive point in JEE will be ranked. Till 2013 the board only gave ranks to students who obtained a positive mark. We want to change this because everyone wants to know where they stand with respect to the competition, Gupta said.
Maity Educational and Medical Research Institute Pvt Ltd director Amiya Kumar Maity maintains that the change wont help medical aspirants. Seats will go vacant because many students wouldn’t be able to achieve the requisite 50% marks in JEE examination because the JEE board has reduced the total marks in biology to 100from 200.It was the only subject in which medical students scored more than physics or chemistry, Maity  said. He also argued against negative marking. I have written to chief minister Mamata Banerjee and education minister Bratya Basu about my concerns, he said. The board chairman, however, sticks to the negative marking process

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                             Assam court finds MBBS admission criterion irrational

AGARTALA, Sep 25 (IANS): The Gauhati High Court has found the Medical Council of India (MCI) eligibility criterion for MBBS aspirants from the scheduled castes and tribes “irrational and in violation of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution”, officials said Sunday.

According to MCI regulations, MBBS aspirants from these categories must secure at least 40 percent marks in the combined competitive examinations or joint entrance examinations (JEE). The union health ministry and the MCI had earlier refused to further relax the criterion for northeastern tribes and scheduled caste students.

A senior Tripura health department official said around 31 MBBS seats were lying vacant in the government-run medical college in Agartala and in the Tripura quota in other states because no student secured the minimum in the JEE this year in the state.

Some students and guardians have filed a writ petition in the Gauhati High Court against the MCI regulations.

“The High Court has asked the authorities to admit those students in the MBBS courses within a week against their respective quota of seats,” the official said, quoting the court order passed Friday in Guwahati.

“The division bench of the court, comprising I.A. Ansari and C.R. Sarma, said in their ruling that state secondary board examination results were sufficient,” the official said.

“Though the MCI regulations had been upheld by the Supreme Court in its various verdicts, the fact of the matter remains that in the decisions, cited and relied upon, the constitutionality of the regulation have been put to challenge,” the court is reported as saying.

“When the issue has not specifically been raised and has not been decided, the constitutionality of the MCI’s regulation remains open for challenge on the ground of its irrationality,” the high court said.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, responding to a letter of Tripura Chief MinisterManik Sarkar, has communicated the centre’s decision to follow the MCI guidelines.

Azad had said: “Though the health ministry agrees in principle that there is need to make enabling conditions to encourage the underprivileged sections of the society, so far asmedical education is concerned, it is felt that diluting the qualifying criteria would neither be feasible not desirable

Playing mindgames

The statesman, Monday, 15 September, 2003sman, Monday, 15 September, 2003
(The author is an editorial adviser, Student British Medical journal, London)

FOR Shabana Banerjee (name changed), a third­ year MBBS student from NRSMedical College, Dr. Amiya Kumar Maity was god­send. After three unsuccessful

suicide Shabana, a resident of Raignaj, was brought to the Entally Academy Center of Dr. Maity, an educational psychotherapist, formerly associat­ed with the SSKM hospital. “My daughter was totally frustrated – in spite of being a good stu­dent, she could not get through the Joint Entrance Medical Examination even after the third attempt,” said Shabana’s moth­er, Mrs. Minaty Banerjee. “She was really upset when all her friends made it to the different medical colleges…… within a few days Shabana became bed-ridden and tried to kill herself sev­eral times… Thank God, we could save her,” she added.

At the Entally Academy, Dr. Maity and his colleagues thor­oughly assessed Shabana through certain psycho-educa­tional tests. These tests revealed she was suffering from phobia, coupled with depressive illness. To simplify, phobia is an anxiety disorder characterised by an irrational fear of simple things or social situations, while depressive illness is a mental state characterised by acute pes­simism and total lack of activity.

The team of doctors at the Entally Academy also found that Shabana’s IQ was normal, her skills in subjects like biology and physics were “excellent” and “moderate” respectively – but she was “too weak” where phys­ical and organic chemistry were concerned.

After the assessment, Maity and his team counselled Shabana and her parents. She was taught to relax and put in more stress on biology and physics (Which were her strong points), instead of chemistry. Shabana followed the advice of Maity and his team, and got a brilliant rank in the JEE merit list that year. She took admis­sion in the NRS Medical College and is currently doing fine.

This incident greatly inspired Maity and his colleagues. They planned a three-year research on the implication of behaviour­al therapy on students preparing for the Joint Entrance Examination. Said Maity, “We decided to deal with JEE candi­dates, because JEE is the biggest competition that students face after Higher Secondary in this state. So naturally, the student population is much higher for this competition. We began to, work in year 2000. Around 250 students were taken randomly from different merit groups.

After assessing their IQ, psycho­-educational grade and previous educational status, we divided them into four groups: Brilliant, Hard Working, Mediocre and Poor.”

However, none of the stu­dents were told about the grades, because it could have affected them psychologically. “We then divided the whole batch into two groups, each group containing 125 students. We tried out our behavioural therapy with group, while the remaining 125 students were provided with conventional teaching methods for JEE at the Academy. We went on with the same work in the years 2001 and 2002, taking 352 and 402 stu­dents respectively.”

In his research, Maity and his colleagues did a thorough psy­cho-educational analysis of the students prior to the behavioural therapy. Each and every student was interviewed as per a specific questionnaire – which was prepared to assess all the necessary psychological and academic parameters of a student. “The questionnaire contains a serises  of assessment techniques and we call it psycho-educational tests.

These are simple and effective to judge the condition of a candidate” said Maity.

Their analysis according to Maity has yielded some impressive results. our study revealed that all student except those who have been categorised as “brilliant” (read psychologically normal and academically excellent) suffer from various types of phobia. Around 31 per cent of  the students were found to suffer from depression. The study, according to Maity, also revealed that around 72 per cent of the students were “hard-working” but were prone to commit silly-mistakes.

Those categorised as “mediocre” always remained tense with certain chapters of one or two subjects and this ten­sion ruined their overall perfor­mance (as happened in case of Shabana).

The students categorised as “poor” were highly ambitious, but since they have no academic base they suffer from severe depression. “We intervened pos­itively in all the cases,” said Maity. “We taught students to keep themselves completely  aloof from exam blues. We advised the parents not to discourage their kids, but to encourage them in every steps of their preparation. The students were provided with behavioural therapy in such a way that they would be able ‘to’ utilise their time in a much more productive manner.” Around 79 per cent of the students who have been treated with behavioural therapy by Maity and his team were suc­cessfull in their exams after the three-year programme, whereas the success rate was just 22 per cent in the other group that did not receive any psychological help,

“Our research is a hope in the field of educational psychother­apy’’ said Maity. “We expect our study will help keep all examina­tion blues at bay.” Like Dr. Maity, city psychiatrists also believe in the significance of psy­cho educational analysis and behavioural therapy to improve psychological status of students appearing  for different competi­tive exams.

Professor Krishna Roy, head of the department of psychiatry, National Medical College said,  “This is a good approach to  meet the psycho-academic prob­lems of  teenagers. It’s especially helpful for those who already remain very much. tense and anxious due to the high academic expectations of their parents. Though rare in this country, psy­chological counselling should be an essential tool to boost the morale of a student.”


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