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The National Medical Commission (NMC) has urged all states and union territories to abolish the policy of bond being filled for renouncing seats in medical colleges. Dr. Aruna V. Vanikar, Chairperson, Board of Graduate Medical Education, NMC, has written a letter to the Principal Secretaries of Health and Medical Education of all states and union territories. It said that the Commission has received complaints about medical students of various institutions, especially post graduate medical students, facing dangerous conditions like stress, anxiety and depression.

Dr. Vanikar, in a letter dated January 19, said that these mental health problems are mainly caused by the inability of students to adjust to a different environment prevailing in their new colleges/institutions. This is because the environment of a medical college is completely opposite to the colleges where they (students) completed their graduation.

Vanikar termed the imposition of huge bonds to give up seats as a major hurdle in getting relief measures for the affected students. The Anti-Ragging Committee of the NMC has suggested that instead of making bonds payable, medical colleges may consider denying admission for the next one year to those students who want to give up their seats.

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The rule of signing the bond for leaving the seat was brought for the medical students especially PG students with the aim that they do not leave the medical seat suddenly. The system of bonds was introduced to address the problem of seat blocking and medical seats going unused. However, the number of medical PG seats has increased in the last 10 years. The NMC informed the Rajya Sabha recently that the number of PG seats has increased by 127 per cent from the pre-2014 figure of 31,185 to 70,674 now.