The Medical Council of India ( MCI) on Tuesday allowed Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, to add 50 MBBS seats. With this, the college will be able to admit 100 MBBS students. However, the permission to Government Medical College, Patiala, and Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana, to increase 50 and 30 seats, respectively, has been denied.
With this, the state’s total number of MBBS seats has increased to 970.
The decision was taken at the MCI’s executive committee meeting, held in Delhi on Tuesday.
According to sources in the MCI, the council was dissatisfied with the compliance report filed by Government Medical College, Patiala, and DMC.
Sources said no agenda was tabled at the meeting regarding any decision on Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, and Chintpur ni Medical College, Pathankot.
The former had applied to increase its MBBS seats from 100 to 150. A senior MCI functionary said there was still hope that the college could be allowed to admit 150 students.
Earlier, on the basis of its first inspection report, the MCI had not allowed Chintpurni Medical College to admit students for the 2014 session. Though the Centre had forwarded the compliance report submitted by the college management to the MCI, the decision is still pending with the council. Sources revealed that there was not much hope that the college would be allowed this year to admit students. It will be the third consecutive session when the college will be denied permission for admissions.
During the inspection, the most common deficiencies of the Patiala college and DMC were related to the number of senior resident doctors, which was inadequate in the colleges of Punjab. The size of classrooms and auditoriums were also common issues related to infrastructure with the state’s medical colleges, which the MCI pointed out in its report.
Medical colleges of Punjab had applied for increasing a total of 180 MBBS seats. In the break-up, Gover nment Medical Colle ge, Patiala; Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar; and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot; applied to add 50 seats each to their existing quota of 150, 100 and 50 each, respectively. DMC applied to increase its seats from 70 to 100.