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Tamil Nadu wants to lower eligibility bar for super-specialty medical courses

Chennai: With seats going vacant, the state health department is planning to write to the Medical Council of India (MCI) seeking permission to reduce, as a onetime measure, the minimum score required for admission into super-specialty medical courses by up to 20 per cent.

“Even then some seats will remain vacant. We are trying this because this is the only way we can fill at least some seats,” an official of the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) has said.

This year, more than 35 per cent of seats offered by government medical colleges in courses such as cardiac surgery, neonatology, vascular surgery and plastic surgery have remained vacant as many who wrote the entrance test did not score the required 50 per cent. The last date for admissions is September 30 and there is none left on the merit list. [Source: ToI]

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