Without MCI permission, GMCH shows 100 seats

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2014 09:56 IST

The administration of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, seems to have jumped the gun by mentioning 100 MBBS seats in its prospectus despite having the permission to admit only 50 students in one batch. The first counselling for admission to the MBBS course is going to take place on Monday.

According to the officials of the GMCH-32, the college sought from the Medical Council of India (MCI) approval to add 50 more MBBS seats from this session. An MCI team has also conducted an inspection of facilities and infrastructure at the college some time back. But the decision on the permission to admit the 50 more candidates is still pending with the MCI.

The college administration, without even waiting for the decision of the MCI, mentioned 100 MBBS seats in its prospectus. Now, it has become a Catch-22 situation for the college, as it can admit only 50 candidates.

Sources in the GMCH-32 administration revealed that the decision to mention 100 instead of 50 seats in the prospectus was taken by the director himself. The decision was taken following the inspection conducted by the MCI.

However, this has left the medical aspirants of the city in a fix. A city-based doctor, whose daughter is appearing for the MBBS counselling this year, said, “On seeing 100 seats in the prospectus, we were hopeful that my daughter will get admission easily, but now we have come to know that the college is going to conduct counselling for 50 seats only.”

When contacted, Dr Atul Sachdev, director-principal, GMCH-32, said, “So far, we have the permission to admit only 50 MBBS students. The counselling on Monday will be held for 50 seats. However, we are hopeful to get 50 more seats. As soon as we will get those seats, we will add them from the very next counselling session,” he added. The second counselling for admissions at GMCH-32 is scheduled for July 18.

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