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Odisha makes it mandatory for PG students of government medical colleges to sign two-year service bond

Bhubaneswar: The state health department has made it mandatory for all candidates taking admission in government medical colleges, either under state quota or all India quota, in postgraduate medical or dental courses to sign a bond to serve the state, after their course completion, for a minimum of two years.

If a student fails to adhere to the bond and does not serve the state for two years, the government would impose monetary penalties. The government will allow the bond to lapse if it cannot provide employment to the candidate within six months of the candidate completing the PG course, reports The Telegraph.

In the event of a student getting an opportunity to pursue higher studies immediately after completion of the PG course, he or she would be allowed to join the course. But, after completion of higher studies, they would have to serve the state government for the stipulated two years.

“The state has an acute shortage of doctors. The government spends a lot in providing medical education in the state. But most of the students are reluctant to serve the state. The purpose of the bond is to retain graduating doctors and utilise their services,” said the state health secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda.

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