A THREE-MEMBER team from the Medical Education Department here on Wednesday inspected the premises of the proposed Index Medical College to reassess facilities, equipment and infrastructure in connection with the ‘essentiality certificate’ mandatory for opening a medical college.
The visit assumes significance in view of a case filed by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) against Mayank Welfare Society, which is to run the proposed medical college.
ABVP had in October challenged via a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur the ‘essentiality certificate’ issued by the Department of Medical Education (Bhopal) on August 30 to Mayank Welfare Society to open a medical college.
The PIL claimed that there did not exist any 300-bed hospital and if permission were given to Mayank Society, it would jeopardise the future of students if the Medical Council of India (MCI) later cancels the recognition to this college.
The department had issued a revised certificate soon after this, which categorically stated that the certificate was being given for medical college with 100 seats and that the Society has to fulfil all requirements specified by the MCI before its inspection including the hospital and other infrastructure.
Acknowledging that the hospital was under construction, the department had given two months to the Society to build the hospital and college building. ABVP then withdrew its petition but later sought a chance to restore its original petition, as it feared the government was likely to withdraw the second ‘essentiality certificate’.
The High Court had also asked the government to initiate appropriate action against the official concerned in the Medical Education Department who issued the first ‘essentiality certificate.’
ABVP had recently filed a contempt petition to protest the government’s failure on initiating action against the erring
The issue came to the fore yet again with the team visiting the site for inspection on Wednesday. When contacted, ABVP advocate Purushendra Kaurav told Hindustan Times from Jabalpur that it might invoke the pending application if the government withdraws the second ‘essentiality certificate’ given to Mayank. “We would do so the moment it becomes clear that the government has revalidated the first certificate.”
Meanwhile, agreeing that a three-member team did visit the premises on Wednesday, Mayank Welfare Society chairman Suresh Bhadoria claimed, “There is no problem with our infrastructure. Our 300-bed hospital is complete and it is functional with 80-90 per cent occupancy.”
“The team would decide if the first certificate given to us could be validated,” he said adding the Society would get permission to start admissions for the 2006-2007 academic session if the team is satisfied.