A graduate from Medical College Hospital Kolkata (MCHK) topped the Institutes of National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INI-CET) this year. This all-India competitive examination allows an MBBS doctor to step into a few select elite medical institutes like AIIMS New Delhi to study post-graduation.
Amartya Sengupta, who ranked first in INI-CET, is preparing to take up general surgery for his post-graduation at AIIMS New Delhi. “I am quite excited at the prospect of getting into an institute like AIIMS. I would like to study general surgery and later on do my super specialty course in neurosurgery,” said Sengupta.
The Bandel resident had passed his Class-X board examination with 96% marks while he scored 97.25% in Class XII from Don Bosco School Bandel before bagging an MBBS seat at MCHK after cracking the WBJEE. The pandemic hit last year just when he started his internship at the state’s first tertiary level Covid hospital. As a part of internship he, like other fellow interns, had to take care of patients in the Covid-19 wards.
Another medical graduate from Malda, Dhouli Jha, has ranked seventh in the same examination. Daugther of school teachers Chanchal and Puspita Jhashe, she had secured more than 90% in both Madhyamik and Higher Secondary. Ranked 219 in Joint Entrance, she got a an MBBS seat at NRS Medical College in 2014. Dhouli completed her internship last year and prepared for INI-CET from her Malda home. “I was confident of cracking the test but to be seventh among 40,000-odd candidates was beyond imagination,” Dhouli candidly told TOI. She aspires to pursue her masters in Medicine and get into research later. Her younger sister Dyuti too is studying MBBS from National Medical College. “I must return to Malda and serve people here with my knowledge,” said Dhouli.
Apart from the two, others, including Subhajit Roy, Bodhisattwa Midhra and Pradip Maiti — all MBBS graduates from Bengal — ranked 27, 80 and 84, respectively.
What makes INI-CET different from NEET-PG examination is that the first is meant for entry to post-graduation courses to only a few medical institutions, including AIIMS New Delhi, PGI Chandigarh and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, (JIPMER) Puducherry.