Sunday, July 03, 2011

MCI gives nod to 21 new medical colleges, adds 1800 seats

Though 21 new medical colleges have been approved by the newly constituted Medical Council of India (MCI), the board has decided to re-inspect and re-assess these institutions at random basis over the next three months. The new board of the MCI, governed by Dr. K.K. Talwar, gave its approval to these institutions based on the report of the earlier board, headed by Dr. S.K. Sarin.

"We will investigate the colleges again within the next three months. They have given declaration that they have the best of infrastructure. They may face legal action if found unfit," said Dr. Purushottam Lal, one of the board members. The process of inspections started in January with June 30 being the last date of giving approvals. The board may change the way inspection is done, and even include bureaucrats and journalists in its inspection team to make the process more "transparent".

On Thursday, the last day of giving approval, the MCI increased about 1,800 undergraduate seats. The total number of MBBS seats in the country now stands at 39,785. Of the 21 new medical colleges, five are government institutions — one each in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and two in West Bengal.
It also approved three private medical colleges in Gujarat, one each in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Two other private medical colleges have been approved in Punjab, three in Tamil Nadu and three in Uttar Pradesh.

For the increase in seats, the MCI received 104 applications from already recognised colleges. Of these, 43 were disapproved and 61 were inspected. Of all these colleges, only 33 could fulfil the criteria and were given letter of permission for increasing their seats. "Eighteen of these are private colleges and 15 are government ones," said another official in MCI.

Source: The Indian Express, July 3, 2011
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