Punjab’s medical aspirants are set to suffer a major setback in terms of opportunities. It is learnt that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has found serious deficiencies in infrastructure and human resources during its inspection of Punjab’s medical colleges which were seeking an increase in their MBBS seats and those colleges which had applied for renewal of permission to allow them to admit students.
There are around 480 seats in Punjab on which the MCI is yet to announce its decision. A senior functionary of the MCI, who wishing not to be named, revealed that out of these seats, Punjab was likely to get only 150. These seats belong to the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar. The institute was denied permission for admissions last year, so it had applied for fresh approval.
Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, has failed to get permission this year also as there were serious deficiencies in its infrastructure, besides inadequate faculty and staff, the MCI functionary said.
Not counting the 150 seats each of Chintpurni Medical College and PIMS, where the MCI’s inspection report is awaited, medical colleges in Punjab have around 800 MBBS seats.
Four medical colleges had applied to the MCI to allow them to increase their MBBS seats. Government Medical College, Patiala; Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar; and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, had applied for adding 50 seats each to their existing quota of 150, 100 and 50, respectively. Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, applied for increasing its seats from 70 to 100.
The MCI functionary said the inspection report had found that infrastructure, faculty and resident doctors’ strength in these colleges was not up to the mark. “Chances are bleak that they will get nod for more seats,” he said.
However, the state government can give a representation to the union health ministry, which can form a policy under which government colleges can be allowed to admit students.
Last year, with the aim of bringing down the doctorpatient ratio, the union health ministry, under a one-time special scheme, allowed medical colleges established at least 10 years ago to add 50 seats to their existing capacity without any mandatory MCI inspection.
“If the state government pursues its case strongly with the Centre, government medical colleges can be allowed to increase seats this year too,” he said. CHANDIGARH: Chaos prevailed at the counselling of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here on Monday after the Medical Council of India refused permission to add 50 seats to the already existing 50 in 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 GMCH had in its prospectus mentioned 100 MBBS seats.
Meanwhile, the Punjab and Haryana high court has granted a week’s time to the Chandigarh administration to reply to a petition challenging its rule of making it mandatory to pass Class 12 from a city school, even for its bona fide resident, for being eligible to admission for 38 Chandigarh-pool MBBS seats in GMCH-32.
Chandigarh resident and MBBS aspirant Akanksha Mehra had approached the high court challenging the UT administration’s criteria.