The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) is all set to introduce a three-year medical degree course in sports medicine. “We are awaiting a nod from the Medical Council of India to start the course,” said Air Marshal B Keshav Rao, Director and Commandant, AFMC, on Wednesday.
A sports medicine centre has come up at AFMC and the course has been designed in collaboration with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).
Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Jitendra Singh had urged the armed forces to help design a course to train doctors in sports medicine.
Air Marshal Rao said there will be two seats for the MD course.
“We are also on the verge of a tie-up with the Sports Authority of India for improving sports medicine infrastructure in the country. The sports medicine course will also help in the scientific selection of sportspersons,” said Air Marshal Rao.
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There are as many as 130 undergraduate medical seats at AFMC and every year a minimum of 70 candidates get commissioned in the three services.
Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct entrance for the undergraduate course at Armed Forces Medical College this year.
The All India Pre-Medical (AIPMT), 2014 will be held on May 4. Admissions to the MD/MS/PG diploma courses at institutes under the Armed Forces Medical Services will be made on the basis of results of All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exam.
This has been necessitated in the wake of ongoing legal proceedings in the Supreme Court over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The NEET, introduced from academic year 2013-14 by the Medical Council of India (MCI), is the single entrance test for admissions to medical and dental postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate courses at institutes across the country.
A bunch of writ petitions filed by medical institutions, mostly deemed universities, have challenged the NEET.