Wednesday, May 7, 2014

No admission to 26 medical post graduate seats

No admission to 26 medical post graduate seats

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the state government is striving hard to expand medical education by opening more colleges, Medical Council of India (MCI) has withdrawn permission for admission to 26 postgraduate (MD/MS) seats in two state-run medical colleges for the coming academic year due to alleged poor infrastructure, official sources said.

The MCI has debarred VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, from admitting students against 16 MD/MS seats. They include 11 seats under all-India quota and five for native students. Similarly, the national medical education watchdog withdrew its consent to admit 10 students in various disciplines at MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, including four seats under the state quota from 2014-15.

According to a notice by PG (medical/dental) counseling committee, there can be no admission against these seats as MCI has not given permission for this year.

"There are many PG seats, which are not yet recommended by MCI for permission for this year. Hence, these seats will be as such withdrawn...Accordingly, the seat matrix is revised," it said. The eligible candidates, including those who had already taken admission in first-round counseling, have to lock their choices again according to the revised seat matrix, it said.

Currently, there are 194 medical PG seats in various disciplines in three government-run medical colleges, the third being SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, and privately-run Hitech Medical College in Bhubaneswar.

Sources said MCI had given permission to start these courses in 2010 and was to inspect facilities in the two colleges this year before granting permanent recognition. The colleges reportedly didn't invite MCI as the infrastructure and faculty strength were not in tune with the norms.

Dismissing the allegation, principal of VSS Santosh K Behera said due to some reason MCI did not come for inspection this year. "It had given conditional permission to start these courses in 2010. According to the norms, MCI had to inspect the facilities at the end of three years. Without its approval further admission can't be made. Accordingly, we stopped the process and approached MCI for permanent recognition," he said.

Health secretary P K Mohapatra said some of the seats were wrongly reflected in the seat matrix though these had not got MCI recognition. The anomalies have to be corrected.

"We have approached MCI to allow PG admission in additional 250 seats. This would address the shortage of medical teachers in new colleges offering MBBS courses," he added.

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