Coronavirus: MCI Extends Application deadline for Starting PG Medical courses, Increase in seats
New Delhi: Through a recent notice, the Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council of India (MCI BoG) has informed about the extension of the last date for submission of applications for starting or to increase in the admission capacity of Post Graduate (PG) medical courses (MD, MS).
The deadline has been extended due to ongoing coronavirus epidemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed by the government.
The notice issued by the MCI's Secretary-General Dr RK Vats and uploaded on the authority's official website clearly states that the last date of application of PG Medical courses has been extended to 31st May 2020 from 7th April 2020.
"Keeping in view the nation-wide lock-down for tackling COVID 19 Pandemic in which difficulties are being encountered by the prospective applicants for starting/increase of admission capacity of postgraduate medical courses, it has been decided as a one-time measure that the last date by which complete applications for starting/increase of admission capacity in postgraduate courses for the academic session 2021-22 will be received in the Office of the Board of Governors in supersession of the Medical Council of India shall be 31st May 2020 instead of 7th April 2020."
The information has accordingly been forwarded to Additional Chief Secretary (Health / Medical Education) / Principal Secretary (Medical Education)/Secretary (Medical Education) of all State/UT Governments, Director of Medical Education of all State/UT Governments, Vice-Chancellor of all Health Universities and Dean/Principal of all Medical Colleges
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Medical Dialogues had recently reported that amid the nationwide panic due to ongoing coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, some unscrupulous elements are circulating fabricated information in the name of the apex Medical Council of India (MCI). Concerned with the same hindering the interest of medical students, the Board of Governors in Supersession of the MCI issued an official notice alerting all the students, and authorities to be aware of the spoofed letters, circulars and notices in the name of the MCI BoG forwarded by some touts.
The MCI has also warned of strict action against the guilty for circulating fake information on social media.
Apparently, the recent forged circular that was circulated via unknown persons saying that all MBBS students will be recruited to fight the virus; was so carefully drafted that it nearly seemed genuine enough to rely on. The fake notice issued in the name of MCI's Secretary-General Dr. RK Vats to all Deans and Principals of Government and Private Medical Colleges was regarding the advisory for UG classes in view of coronavirus epidemic which had mentioned "in view of the increasing spread, we may need assistance in health care. Therefore, all Government/Private Medical Colleges are advised to recruit all MBBS Undergraduate Interns and students of Part•II of 3rd MBBS starting 3rd April. Other UG courses shall remain suspended. All-State/UT Govt. and Universities are to be taken full responsibilities of training, preventing and transport these students."
Therefore, bashing the false information, the MCI has said that it has not issued any notice to the said effect and urged the concerned students and other authorities to rely only on the notices posted on the official website of medical regulatory bodies.