The Medical Council of India (MCI) has allowed Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, to admit MBBS students for the upcoming session, even as the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, continues to be barred from admissions.
Both institutes have 150 MBBS seats each.Last year, the MCI had refused permission to the Chintpurni college, established in 2011, to admit students after an inspection revealed several deficiencies, including inadequate infrastructure. During the 2012 session, the college had made no admissions.
The MCI Board of governors has now permitted the enrolment of students following the Supreme Court's directions on a petition filed by the college.
"The MCI's decision has brought some relief to parents as well as students. Now, they have 150 more seats to choose from. The Punjab government should now make efforts to work out a solution for PIMS," said Vijay Kumar Garg, Bathinda-based president of the Parents Association of Medical Aspirants. The total number of MBBS seats in the state has now gone up to 1,095.
Sources in the department of research and medical education, Punjab, said the chances of PIMS getting the nod to enrol students were bleak. As per the legal provisions, the MCI is fully empowered to take any decision regarding any medical college. The decision can't be changed until a fresh inspection is conducted by the council.