The state issues a final notification on the exemption from mandatory rural service for medical graduates

The state government has issued the final notification on compulsory national service in Karnataka by candidates who have completed the Medical Courses (Advisory, Allotment and Certification) (Amendment Rules), 2024, exempting compulsory rural service for medical graduates.

To amend the Karnataka Compulsory Service by candidates who have completed the Medical Courses (Counseling, Allotment and Certification), 2015, the state government had issued a draft notification on March 16 calling for objections and suggestions.

Following the change, certain deserving students will be given an exemption from the rural service, with the government arguing that there are too few posts to accommodate all the students graduating within a year.

Under the Karnataka Compulsory Service by Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act, all MBBS, postgraduate and superspecialty graduates had to serve compulsorily for one year as junior residents in government healthcare institutions in rural areas.

In October, Law Minister HK Patil, in his briefing on the Cabinet decision on the ordinance, had said that the rural department would be limited to the number of vacant posts in the government.

Stating that the decision was taken as the number of candidates for rural services far exceeded vacancies in government hospitals, he said that with this step, the government was reducing financial burden and also rationalizing human resources.

According to the final notification, for the purpose of allocating candidates to compulsory service, the nodal university is required to obtain a list of eligible candidates from all universities, including private and so-called universities. “It is the responsibility of all universities to immediately send the list of candidates who are required to undergo the compulsory service to the nodal university immediately after the declaration of results. The nodal university will then prepare separate merit lists for candidates with MBBS diploma, PG diploma or degree and super specialty courses and subsequently submit these lists to the competent authority,” the final notification said.

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