Karnataka begins the mandatory service process for PG medical students
Karnataka has started the process for one year of mandatory government service by medical postgraduates (PG) asking them to register at a time when the state is overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic and shortage of doctors, a minister said Saturday.

“For the first time since the Supreme Court ruling in August 2019, we have started an online registration process for compulsory government service after PG medical courses,” said Minister of Medical Education K. Sudhakar.

He said these candidates will be hired as seniors and tutors in medical education or equivalent positions in the health department.

The advisory process for the mandatory government service of successful MD, MS, and diploma candidates in July and August will take place shortly.

“As a preliminary step, all candidates who have passed are hereby instructed to register by 3:00 pm on August 25,” an official said.

School principals and institute directors have been entrusted with the task of ensuring that graduates adhere to the registration process.

The Department of Medical Education has used the Karnataka Compulsory Service of Candidates for Completed Medical Courses (Amendment) 2012 Section (4) for Post Graduates.

Under this law, one year of civil service is compulsory for all medical post graduates admitted to Karnataka.

Similarly, tariffs are distributed on the “first come, first served” principle.

“The allocation is on a first come, first served basis. You will lose the right to allocation if you do not register. Therefore, all candidates are forced to register,” he said.

Likewise, a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for mutual registration between candidates is not issued without the approval of the Medical Education Director.

The colleges were also instructed not to issue certificates without the approval of the director.

More than a week ago, Sudhakar announced that 2,000 PG medical students are ready to band together to strengthen the state’s fight against the pandemic.

The mandatory move comes at a time when the Karnataka Health Department is overwhelmed by the situation in Covid and the lack of doctors.

To remedy the shortage, the Bengaluru City Council has already advertised a number of positions and hired doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

With 7,571 other infections on Friday, the nationwide Covid number rose to 2.64 lakh cases.


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