Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Sudhansh Pant revealed that most of the NEET qualifiers prefer to join non-clinical courses in medical and dental courses across the country. Most students are expressing keen interest in choosing subjects such as Biochemistry, Physiology, Anatomy and paramedical subjects like Microbiology. Earlier, most of the seats in these courses remained vacant, as candidates did not show interest in choosing such subjects. Now, there has been a change in the scenario as more students are choosing these subjects, and the demand for non-clinical courses has been increasing gradually, he added.
Due to the increasing demand of non-clinical courses, the government has to ensure quality education. The demand for non-medical teachers will also increase gradually at par with an increase in demand for non-medical courses. Non-medical teachers are those who hold M.Sc/ Ph.D degree in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Physiology and Anatomy.
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National M.Sc Teachers’ Association (NMMTA) has been protesting against the decision of Medical Council of India (MCI) to jeopardise job opportunities for those with M.Sc degrees. For instance, biomedical scientists with M.Sc medical postgraduate degrees are facing an external crisis of the highest magnitude. The shrinking job opportunities and lobbying have resulted in the irrelevant portrayal of these degrees and denial of opportunities in their area of expertise.
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In all, the government has to take steps to provide adequate opportunities to medical M.Sc degree holders by removing irregularities in the system.