Chaos was witnessed at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, counselling on Monday when the Medical Council of India (MCI) refused permission to add 50 more seats to the already existing 50 seats at the institute.
At 11am, the college was informed that due to restricted space in its classes and labs, the seats were not being increased. The people sitting for counselling were unaware of this at that time which led to uproar among the medical aspirants and parents. The GMCH had in its prospectus mentioned 100 MBBS seats.
A seemingly normal counselling for MBBS seats turned ugly with sparks flying between parents and officials. Slogans were being shouted within the auditorium in which the counselling took place and security personnel and even the police had to be called to manage the situation and disperse the crowd.
Initially, the counselling carried on smoothly, but when a student who had earlier not qualified the criteria for eligibility was offered a seat, people lost their patience and stormed up the podium alleging favouritism and also talking about no prior notice being given about the number of seats available. The council for GMCH had its hands tied unable to do much to contain this uproar. However, the candidate’s admission was labelled ineligible later.
Arvind Kumar, a retired government officer from Dehradun and a parent sitting for the counselling, said such behaviour and negligence on part of the college staff as well as people was not expected. The college’s failure to remain in contact with the MCI prior to the counselling was highlighted, besides various allegations of inability to carry out their job properly.
A hopeful student had also travelled all the way from Oman to apply for a seat under the NRI category. However, NRI seats were not increased from three to six just like the general seats, and he was one of the many dejected people present in the crowd.
Last year, the college admitted 100 students because it got benefit under the MCI special one-time scheme, which had allowed medical colleges with standing of more than 10 years to add 50 more seats to their existing capacity without any MCI mandatory inspection. But the scheme was valid for admissions in 2013 only, so for the permanent increase, the college will have to follow the routine procedure. The second counselling for admissions at GMCH is scheduled on July 18.
AGITATED PARENTS MEET KIRRON, TANDON
Agitated parents met local BJP unit chief Sanjay Tandon, who took up the matter with union health minister Harsh Vardhan. “He had asked for a report on it, which I have sent to him with the help of college authorities. The minister has assured to take up the matter with the MCI,” Tandon said.
MP Kirron Kher also took up the matter with union health ministry after she was approached by parents.
Kher also spoke to union finance minister Arun Jaitley and UT health secretary Anil Kumar on the issue. She demanded that the college be allowed to admit 100 students. She said she was in touch with central leadership and was hopeful of a positive outcome.