Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, looks set to get 50 more MBBS seats permanently, which would mean 100 seats in all.
Last year, with the aim to bring down doctor-patient ratio in India to 1:1,000 from 1:2,000 in the long term, the college was allowed to admit total 100 students under a special provision by the Medical Council of India (MCI). In fact, the MCI had allowed several colleges across India to add 50 seats to their existing quota without any inspection for the particular session. The offer thus was valid for only one year.
This year, GMCH applied to increase its seats permanently from 50 to 100. An MCI team has already conducted an inspection of the college two weeks ago, and is lear nt to be impressed with the infrastructure and quality of faculty. “We are hopeful that we will get a positive reply from the MCI,” said Dr Atul Sachdev, director-principal, GMCH.
If the MCI allows any institute to increase its seats, for the first five years inspections are carried out annually to check if the college is updating its infrastructure and human resource.
The GMCH admitted its first batch of MBBS in 1993 and gives admission the through the All India Pre-Medical Test and an examination.