| Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences |
The Medical Council of India has refused to accept the compliance report sent by Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, and Government Medical College, Bettiah, for continuing the MBBS course.
Both the colleges had 100 MBBS seats each. MCI sources said denial of permission means that the two institutions would not be able to take admission for fresh MBBS batches. Sources said details regarding this decision would be uploaded on the MCI website.
Sources added that MCI took the decision after it found infrastructure deficiencies in the institutions. MCI officials were reportedly not happy with the compliance report that had been sent by the state to seek MCI’s approval for the continuance of the course.
“The compliance report did not have proper explanation of the points on which MCI officials had raised their objection,” said the source.
The MCI had denied permission to IGIMS and the Bettiah college last year regarding admission in the MBBS course. It was after former chief minister Nitish Kumar’s intervention followed by an undertaking by chief secretary A.K. Sinha to MCI that the two institutions got permission to admit MBBS students.
Now, that the MCI has denied permission to both the institutions to further admit MBBS students, the admission of fourth batch of MBBS of IGIMS and second batch of Government Medical College, Bettiah, seems to be under cloud.
IGIMS principal Uday Kumar said he had not received any official letter from the MCI regarding this. “I have not received any official letter from the MCI regarding this. I can’t tell you about this but some people have informed me that the MCI has refused any further admission to our MBBS course but I can confirm it only if I get any official letter,” said the principal.
Government Medical College, Bettiah, principal Mithilesh Kumar was not available for comment.
Medical aspirants were unhappy with the MCI decision.
“It’s a loss for the medical aspirants in Bihar. The admission procedure of private medical colleges is mysterious, non-transparent and pro-rich. Now, when there would be less number of seats in state-run medical colleges, meritorious students from poor background would have a very limited scope of getting admission in MBBS courses because they won’t be able to pay high fees in the private medical colleges,” said Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, the state president of Indian Medical Association.