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Another medical college soon

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 19:01 IST
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EVEN THOUGH the sword of derecognition hangs over five government medical colleges in the State, the Central Government has given clearance to the Mayank Welfare Society to run Index Medical College on the City’s outskirts from the 2007-08 academic session.

“The Central government gave clearance to us on December 27 after the State cleared our proposal in December last week. We have been permitted to run the medical college with 150 seats,” Mayank Welfare Society chairman Suresh Bhadoria told Hindustan Times.

“The authorities concerned have given us the andatory ‘Essentiality Certificate’ and we would initiate the procedure for admissions to the 2007-08 session now, Bhadoria said. The Society had entered into a legal quagmire over the ‘Essentiality Certificate’ following a case in the Madhya Pradesh High Court at Jabalpur by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

A three-member inspection team from the Medical Education Department had on December 13 visited the college premises to re-assess the facilities, equipment and infrastructure in connection with the ‘Essentiality Certificate’.

As per the Medical Council of India (MCI) data (October 2006), apart from the five government-run medical colleges in the State, there are three private medical colleges run by trusts — The Peoples College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhanpur; Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore and the Ruxmanibai Deepchand Gardi Medical College, Ujjain (all permitted u/s 10 (A) for 2006-07)  – with total of 970 MBBS seats.

An addition of 150 seats from the 2007-08 session would augment the total number of qualified medical personnel in the State and “improve the availability of such medical manpower” as per government claims.