After the first disapproval for increasing 50 MBBS seats, the hope still floats for medical aspirants in the state as the Punjab government is taking up the matter of increasing 50 MBBS seats in Government Medical College, Patiala.
Vini Mahajan, principal secretary, medical education, said the matter is being taken up at the highest level of the government. “We are hopeful of getting 50 more MBBS seats for the college,” she said.
In the earlier inspection of Patiala college and DMC Ludhiana, there were issues related to the number of senior resident doctors, which were not adequate in the colleges of Punjab. Similarly, infrastructure like the size of classrooms and auditoria were also common issues with the state medical colleges, which the MCI pointed out in its report.
Last week, the MCI had allowed 50 MBBS seats each to Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot.
Sources in the department of medical education confirmed that the college now could admit 150 students in the course instead of 100. The state has 1,020 MBBS seats, if the Patiala seats are increased, the number will reach 1,070.
Meanwhile, a delegation of parents of medical aspirants from Punjab is going to meet union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday. The parents are demanding that the government must increase seats in government medical colleges. Chandigarh-based Vinay Sofat said poor parents could get their children educated only in government colleges. He said private colleges were expensive so poor parents couldn’t afford education in them.