Of the 255 more MBBS seats sought by the medical colleges of Punjab, hope for 180 remains. According to sources in the Medical Council of India (MCI), seven colleges from the state had applied to increase their annual intake of MBBS students.
Government Medical College, Amritsar, and Government Medical College, Patiala, had applied to increase seats from 150 to 200, respectively; Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, from 70 to 100; Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, from 75 to 100; Guru Gobind Singh Medical Gollege, Faridkot, from 50 to 100; Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, from 100 to 150.
The sources said the applications of GMC, Amritsar, and CMC, Ludhiana, have been rejected by the MCI, which dashes hopes for 75 seats. The MCI has also conveyed its decision to the central government. However, the hopes for 180 seats remain as MCI inspections are still on in these colleges.
This year, MBBS aspirants from Punjab already have difficult times ahead as the MCI has debarred Chintpurni Medical College in Path ankot from admitting students.
The college had 150 seats. For Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, which was debarred last year, the inspection for this year has already been conducted and the MCI report is awaited.
At present, apart from Chintpurni Medical Colle ge, Pathankot, medical colleges in Punjab have around 800 MBBS seats.
CHANDIGARH’S GMCH SET TO ADD 50 MBBS SEATS
Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, looks set to get 50 more MBBS seats permanently, which would mean 100 seats in all.
Last year, the college was allowed to admit total 100 students under a special provision by the Medical Council of India (MCI); only for that session.
Then, the GMCH applied to increase seats permanently. An MCI team conducted an inspection, and is learnt to be impressed.