Students in Bengal upset over errors in NEET Bengali question paper

Many students of Bengal appearing for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 were visibly upset on Sunday, May 6, as they found out that their question papers in Bengali were filled with errors and there were ambiguities in many of the questions. In many cases, there was no proper Bengali translation. Students lost precious time over spelling errors, bizarre words and translation errors.

Over 59,000 students appeared for the examination across the State. There was a palpable sense of anger and dismay outside the exam centres as the students who sat for answering it in Bengali felt they had been wronged. One student, on the condition of anonymity, said, “I have worked so hard to prepare for this exam. Now I feel all my work has gone down the drain. The Centre is penalising us students who have studied in State Board schools. ICSE and CBSE students are getting an unfair advantage while students who have studied in vernacular languages are suffering”.

Trinamool Congress, along with the DMK, were the first to strongly raise their voice over this issue in Parliament.
Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien addressed the HRD Minister and said, “This year in Bengal and Tamil Nadu, out of 56,000 people who took that exam, 40,000 wrote it in Bengali; they got a separate paper, and the results have been disastrous. Those boys and girls, in our two States of Tamil Nadu and Bengal have been deprived”.

In the previous year also there was a furore over the standard of the question paper in most vernacular languages, with the medical aspirants from Bengal and from some other States alleging that their questions were much tougher than the ones in made in English and Hindi.



India’s first govt-owned stem cell preservation unveiled in Kolkata

The country’s first state government-owned stem cell preservation centre started its formal functioning at the School of Tropical Medicine in Kolkata from Friday.

The umbilical cord of newborns containing stem cells can be stored in the bank. The preserved stem cells can be used in the future for the treatment of an adult in case of congenital and genetic problems and will also help to check various complicated diseases which could not be cured by an ordinary treatment.

The cord blood bank functions as per the rules and guidelines of the Centre and the state government. With its addition to state’s health infrastructure, it will be beneficial for people and according to the doctors the umbilical cord is rich in life-saving and can only be collected during birth and can be preserved for a lifetime. These stem cells have the potential to treat over 80 medical conditions including blood disorders, immune diseases with research on going to bring about additional benefits of these cells.

It was the initiative of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who wanted to transform School of Tropical of Medicine into a stem cell preservation system, opening a new avenue of health care system in the state.


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Free health facilities in state medical colleges soon: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said free medicine and other health facilities will be available for people in all medical colleges under the state government within one month.

“In the recent past months, we have come up with a new scheme — shortly the Department of Health and Family Welfare in all West Bengal government-owned medical colleges and hospitals will offer free medical services to all people,” the chief minister said at an event felicitating meritorious students from the minority communities here.

She said that in the villages (primary to Zilla hospitals), the state government provides free medicine to patients besides not charging any fees for availing the hospital bed and related facilities.

“It implies that the free medicine and free bed-charges scheme – which we had in the zilla and district hospitals – will be extended to medical colleges. It will be implemented in the coming one month which will benefit lakhs of people,” she said.

“Patients won’t have to bear any charges on medicine, medical tests, bed and boarding fees. It will also include costly medicine for cancer, heart-related ailments, chemotherapy and others,” she said.

The state government had earlier announced providing free treatment of all types of cancer, cardiac problems and blood disorders completely free in state government-run hospitals and medical colleges.

WB CM aims to revive family physicians

West Bengal Government is all set to roll out 2-Year Diploma Course with aid from Royal College Of General Practitioners.

Bengal is going all out to bring back a dying breed of doctors -family physicians. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will on Monday announce a two-year diploma course in family medicine to create a batch of family physicians for the state.

Mamata Banerjee will arrive in London on Sunday with a 60-member delegation for her three-day maiden visit to UK . On Monday , the state’s principal secretary of health Malay Kumar De will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to roll out the course.

Bengal is trying to bring back the family physician to the forefront of primary healthcare. Till now, most family physicians had MBBS degrees.

Bengal, in technical collaboration with RCGP, started a one-year fellowship in family medicine in 2012-13 for those with an MBBS degree. The fellowship was awarded jointly by West Bengal University of Health Sciences and RGCP and covered anesthesiology , critical care medicine, paediatrics, neonatology and orthopaedics and trauma care.

Bengal to get 10 more women police stations

10 more women police stations are coming up in West Bengal besides the existing 20.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had targeted to set up 65 such police stations across the State.  The government has approved the establishment of 330 posts under various categories for the new police stations. A woman police officer will head each of these police stations and majority of the other ranks will constitute of women also.

In the first phase 20 women police stations were set up at Howrah, Barasat, Baruipur, Asansol, Jhargram, Contai, Chinsurah, Krishnanagar, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri Sadar, sub-divisional headquarters of Burdwan Sadar, Medinipur Sadar, Purulia Sadar, Bankura Sadar, Darjeeling Sadar, Sreerampore (Hooghly), Suri (Birbhum), English Bazar (Malda), Diamond Harbour (South 24-Parganas) and Barrackpore (North 24-Parganas) have got such stations. Now, 10 new stations have opened at Bidhannagar and Durgapur Commissionerate, Cooch Behar, Balurghat, Raiganj, Berhampore, Kharagpur, Haldia, Uluberia and Arambag.  With these new stations the total number of all women police stations has reached to 30.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee has been working relentlessly for the safety of women across the State. It was her idea to have all women police stations in the state to combat women related crimes. In a police station where women will not only feel free and safe to report criminal cases against them, but where such cases will also be dealt with immense sensitivity and compassion.

In another innovative step, the West Bengal Government is launching a special police cell to deal with highway accidents. This cell will be known as ‘Highway Traffic Police’. Along with investigating accident cases on highways, they will also take prompt action so that accident victims get immediate medical attention and effective rescue missions.


Bengal PG course for making specialised doctors now a National Model

Once again Bengal shows the way! Another feather has been added on the State Government’s cap. WB Government’s effort to take up post graduation education in making specialised doctors from remote areas have been appreciated by the Central Government. Like the Kannyashree Prakolpo, the Union Government is now adopting this as a model for the country.

In its endeavour to make education available to all strata of the society, the West Bengal Government took the initiative to start DNB (Diploma of National Board) in six district Medical Colleges, which were approved by the Board after strict evaluation.  This step will also help the State to deal with shortage of specialist doctors.

In the first phase the DNB course is being offered at Purulia, Krishnanagar, Barasat, Chinsura, Howrah and Asansol. Four more district hospitals where the course will start in the near future are Tamluk, Suri, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. At the moment courses where specialization offered are Gynaecology, Surgery, Medicine, Anaesthesia and Paediatrics.

The minimum qualification required to get admission in this course is MBBS. While studying, the doctors will be able to practice in the concerned hospital. This will also reduce the burden of city hospitals where people from the villages flock. Now, specialised treatment will be available at their doorstep.

In a recently held workshop in Kolkata for the teachers, the DNB official appreciated the State Government’s initiatives and also informed like the ‘fair price medical shops’ this model too will be taken up for countrywide implementation.