Nashik, Dec 3 (UNI) Protesting the proposed move of the Union government to increase MBBS course duration to six and half years, Hundreds of MBBS students participated in a 'protest march' here today.
The march was organized by the MBBS students against the proposed move of the Union Government to introduce a bill in Parliament for increasing the MBBS course duration to six and a half years, from the present five and a half years, including compulsory rural internship of one year.
The students said they had not been informed of this at the time of admission to the course and that most of them have already served for 3 months in rural areas in the current routine internship.
They stated that they are willing to serve in rural areas but this unnecessary increase in duration of the course will delay their plans to appear for civil services examination. The proposed stipend for the internship is also inadequate, the students added.
The march began from the District Civil Hospital and ended at the District Collectorate, where the students gave a memorandum of their demands to the Resident District Collector Ramesh Kale, who assured them that it will be forwarded to the higher authorities. Members of the Indian Medical Association also participated in the march.