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Centre nod for docs
- MCI to come on another recce before affiliation
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Current status of the institute: Not affiliated to Medical Council of India

Current status of the first batch: Can get registered with the Sikkim Medical Council

What does it mean'

Can practise only in Sikkim after internship

What the MCI affiliation means:

Recognition of the medical degree

Students after passing out can register with the MCI as doctors

Can practise anywhere in the country

Gangtok, Jan. 22: The Union health ministry today agreed to recognise the degrees of the first two batches of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences even though a decision on the affiliation of the institute with the Medical Council of India is yet to be reached.

The development follows a four-party meeting in New Delhi today. While Karma Gyatso, the principal secretary of health and family welfare, was present on behalf of the state government, Sikkim Manipal University was represented by its vice-chancellor K. Jayakumar. Ramamurthy, the joint secretary of the Union health ministry, and A.R.N. Setalvad, the MCI secretary, were also present.

Students and interns of the medical college and the central referral hospital (CRH) attached to it have been agitating against the non-affiliation of the institute with the MCI. The indefinite protests entered the 12th day today with students boycotting classes and interns staying away from work at the CRH at 5th Mile, Tadong, 4 km from here.

Jayakumar, who spoke over telephone from New Delhi, confirmed that the Union health ministry has agreed to recognise the degrees of the first two batches while an MCI team will visit the medical college later this year to see to the affiliation issue.

While the meeting will continue till tomorrow, the Centre is said to be against the collaboration of Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Hospital a state-owned institute and the CRH. The merger would have helped the medical college meet the faculty strength prescribed by the council for affiliation. But the MCI refused to accept this.

The decision of the Centre to recognise the degrees comes as another temporary relief to the medical students. Last week, the state government had notified that students who have passed out could register with the Sikkim council.

Currently, there are around 450 MBBS students at the institute. Of them, 98 are working as interns while another 100 students are expected to pass out this year.

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