Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Tuesday announced a hike in the stipends of pre- and paraclinical students of the Government medical colleges. This was informed by the Health Minister Pratap Jena.
As per the decision, the total stipend was increased to Rs 48,302 from Rs 39,950 for first year students, to Rs 50,658 for second year and Rs 53,014 for third year students.
Besides, the Government decided to provide an additional monthly stipend of Rs 18,000 for postgraduate students undertaking pre- and paraclinical courses at the Government-run medical colleges.
Both in-service and postgraduate doctors would be entitled to the monthly stipend, which has been introduced for the first time by the State Government, informed Health Minister Pratap Jena.
The incentives are likely to play a crucial role in attracting students for pre- and para-clinical courses as earlier, students were not keen to take up the streams after MBBS.
“The stipend hike will be applicable for the students enrolling for pre-clinical courses like anatomy, physiology and bio-chemistry and para-clinical streams including FMT, pathology, microbiology and community medical,” Jena added.