Centre okays 265 PG seats for medicos in J&K colleges & hospitals

50% of the PG seats are reserved for local in-service doctors to provide them the opportunity for postgraduate training

Medical PG J&K

New Delhi: In its bid to tone up health and medical delivery system, the Central government has granted 265 Diplomate of National Board (DNB) postgraduate medical (PG) seats to several government hospitals in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) across 20 districts with active contribution of National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS).

This important step would not only ensure that people of J&K are benefited but the doctors of the union territory (UT) will also get an opportunity of being trained in their own region. Tapping this homegrown medical workforce would lead to an effective healthcare delivery system in the UT.

Aspirants for the specialisation course in medical streams would be granted admission after they cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

With the vision of providing trained specialists in almost every district of J&K, the government of India took this as a challenge in a mission mode. Ministry of health and family welfare along with NBEMS took a lead role and ensured that several postgraduate seats of NBEMS are granted to various government hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir.

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As a consequence, presently there exists more than 250 PG seats across 20 districts in phase 1 of the expansion plan. Two more PG seats will be granted in the second phase. Furthermore, 50% of the PG seats are reserved for local in-service doctors to provide them the opportunity for postgraduate training.

The people of the UT will be benefited as modern quality healthcare will become more affordable and accessible in almost all the districts. This in turn, would further enhance the quality of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare.

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For various medical entrance examinations, the Central government has increased the number of examination centres in the UT itself due to which candidates of J&K will not have to travel to other states to appear in the entrance examinations.

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