BJP MLA Dr Radheymohan Das Agarwal, in the state Assembly on Thursday, raised the issue of UP Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (UPPGMEE)-2016, which bars MBBS graduates from institutes outside UP — even Aligarh Muslim University and Banaras Hindu University — from doing postgraduate courses from medical colleges of the state.
Seeking reply from the state government while raising the issue through a question of propriety under Rule 301 during Zero Hour, Agarwal said students who have completed MBBS from private medical colleges in UP are eligible for UPPGMEE while meritorious students, who have qualified national-level entrance examinations — AIIMS, for example — cannot apply in UP institutes.
“This is a situation of brain drain. The state government has allowed students from private medical colleges in UP to do their postgraduate from state institutes but stopped students from AIIMS and other institutes, including AMU and BHU, from appearing in the examination. Everybody knows how admission is done in private medical colleges on the basis of donation,” Agarwal claimed.
This year, King George’s Medical University is conducting UPPGMEE. The entrance test is scheduled to be held on March 13. There are 411 seats in state medical colleges for MD and MS course and 14 MDS seats in the dental stream.
The state’s medical education department, vide an order dated January 27, has mentioned the eligibility criteria for UPPGMEE-2016. According to the order, only students who have completed MBBS from state medical colleges, KGMU and UP Rural Medical Institute in Saifai are eligible for doing MD, MS and MDS in UP through UPPGMEE. Students from AMU and BHU have been barred.
“Even students who are good in studies and have qualified in tests carried out by reputed medical institutes have been barred. This is ironical. Now, students cannot do their postgraduation from UP. On the other hand, students from other states, who have done MBBS from private medical colleges in UP through donation, are eligible. This is an anomaly and should be rectified,” Agarwal said in his notice.
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey, while giving his ruling, asked the state government to submit a reply on this issue.
When contacted, Director General Medical Education Dr V N Tripathi said the arrangement has been done to help UP domicile students in the entrance examination.
“AMU and BHU are central universities. Though they are situated in UP, the students have other options and hence, cannot apply. Those qualifying national-level examinations like AIIMS can appear but they should have domicile of UP,” he added.
“These rules have been formulated because it has been found in past that students, who are settled in other states but belong to UP, apply here as well… Private medical colleges have been allowed, as these colleges are situated in the state,” Tripathi said. He added that the reply has been submitted to the state government.