Over 30 per cent of the Post Graduate medical seats in Uttar Pradesh san lack recognition from the Medical Council of India (MCI).
There are total 377 PG medical seats in the state quota at six medical colleges of which 135 are unrecognised.
If these seats remain unrecognised for next three years students passing out will not be eligible to apply for a government job. Neither at government medical institute for teaching job or at a government hospital.
Presently Uttar Pradesh is facing shortage of at least 5000 doctors in government sector. Majority of the medical institutes too lack teaching faculty, for which Medical Council of India have issued several warnings.
Colleges need to get recognition on these seats in next two years, with retrospective effect, chances for which are poor with MCI going strict in following norms.
Recently the MCI - the apex body to monitor quality of medical education in India - issued notices to five colleges in UP asking them to improve facilities or shut courses.
The maximum number of unrecognised PG seats is at MLB Medical College Jhansi. Here 35 out of total 44 PG seats are unrecognised.
At CSM Medical University 19 out of 96 PG seats are unrecognized while at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College, Gorakhpur 33 out of total 42 PG medical seats unrecognized.
Commenting upon the status of recognition former director general (medical education) Dr Kamal Sahni said, "Recognition upon these seats was taken back by MCI when it found shortcomings on the campus during inspections held in past few months. The recognition will come back only if the college improves teaching and infrastructure facilities."
She suggested that college authorities should pay attention to the shortcomings and remove them to get back recognition upon the seats at the earliest.
Students who take admission upon the unrecognized seats are informed about the recognition status of the seats. Status of each seat is mentioned in the brochure filled by the candidate before taking the entrance test.
But students go for such seats hoping the recognition will be attained by the college in future. Since study in private college is expensive they prefer to take admission against an unrecognized seat instead of going to private college.
The fee for a three year PG course at a private college is Rs 15,00,000 and the total fee for PG course at government medical institute is roughly Rs 1,02,000.
In additional to the state PG seats there are almost equal number of PG seats filled through central quota (All India PG Medical Entrance Examination) but all those seats are recognised by the MCI.
Colleges Unrecognised PG seats
BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur 33 out of 42 seats
MLB Medical College, Jhansi 35 out of 44 seats
CSM Medical University, Lucknow 19 out of 96 seats
MLN Medical College, Allahabad 19 out of 4 seats
GSVM Medical College, Kanpur 9 out of 59 seats
LLRM Medical College, Meerut 7 out of 3 seats
SN Medical College, Agra 13 out of 54 seats