In a blow to aspiring doctors the state, the Medical Council of India has declined the request of Government Medical College, Amritsar, to have 50 more MBBS from the 2015-16 session.
The college has 150 seats in the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) course. Sources in the Punjab department of medical education and research said the council had turned down the application in a meeting on November 20. “Its executive committee rejected it at a very early stage, even before doing physical inspection, observing the essentiality certificate issued by the state government to be deficient and not in the prescribed format,” said a source.
For 200 MBBS seats, the college must have OPD (outpatient department) strength of more than 2,000 a day, while it has 1,836. “So the council executive committee returned the application to the Centre, recommending disapproving of the proposal for more seats in Amritsar,” said the source.
In 2014, three medical colleges in the state were allowed to add MBBS seats. The seats went up from 50 to 100 at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot; from 150 to 200 in Patiala; and from 100 to 150 at Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar. However, the MCI rejected the applications of Ludhiana’s Christian Medical College and Dayanand Medical College for increasing their MBBS seats in the same session.
With permission granted to Pathankot’s Chintpurni Medical College on the last day, the state medical colleges had 1,220 MBBS students in the last session (2014-15).