Dr Ak Akilan, state president of the Tamil Nadu Medical Officers Association, welcomed the state government’s decision to give reservations to BDS doctors in government jobs, saying it would be extended for MD / MS and DM / MC courses.
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Dr Swaminathan, president of the Physicians and Postgraduate Association, also thanked the state government for providing 50 per cent quota for working doctors. “This is a long-standing demand of government doctors and we hope that the government will implement the same quota for admission to MD / MS courses and super-specialty streams like DM / MCH,” he said. The association complained in an application to the government in 2020 that due to lack of internal service quota, the number of job seekers in MDS in government dental colleges was zero in 2019 and three in 2020.
The Department of Medical Education (DME), which has started the process of admission to MDS courses in government and self-funded colleges for the 2021-22 academic year, said in the prospectus that a 50 per cent quota provision would be available for employed doctors.
According to the DME’s prospectus, 50 per cent of the total seats sanctioned for the MDS course in government dental courses were allocated by the Director General of Health Services in an all-India quota for allocation.
In the first phase, 50 per cent of the seats under counseling will be allotted under the state quota and 50 per cent of the 50 per cent seats in the state government quota will be allotted exclusively for working candidates. In state government hospitals and other institutions. The remaining 50 percent will be in the open category and both job seekers and non-service candidates will be able to apply. Seats will be filled on the basis of marks obtained in NEET with eligible incentive marks.
Government dental colleges in Tamil Nadu have 42 seats for MDS and state self-financed colleges have 268 seats.
Dr Ak Akilan said the service quota has been denied since 201 and the association has staged several protests and taken the matter legally.
The Supreme Court also ruled that states could reserve 50 percent of seats for job seekers. “The state government has now given 50 per cent reservation for in-service doctors in MDS courses and we want the government to increase it for MD / MS and DM / MCH courses as well,” he said in a statement.
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