The Medical Council of India has rejected the compliance reports on infrastructure filed by seven state-run medical colleges in a last-ditch bid to retain the MBBS seats slashed this year.
The council has now put the onus on the Union health ministry to suggest how many students each of these medical colleges can admit this year.
“The cut-off (to file compliance reports on objections raised by MCI inspectors) was June 15 and it’s over. That is all I can say,” MCI president Jayshreeben Mehta told Metro on Tuesday.
Bengal has already written to the Union health ministry, requesting it to allow admission to the MBBS seats that the MCI has slashed. Ministry officials said they would review the plea made by the government on behalf of the medical colleges by July 15.
If the committee headed by a special secretary gives the go-ahead, the ministry will request the MCI for a review of its decision to cut the number of MBBS seats in these institutions.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said the government could at best make a request. “The MCI is an autonomous body. We will request them to review the decision on undergraduate medical seats if we think it is appropriate to do so (based on Bengal’s petition).”
The MCI may or may not accept the request or recommendation, sources said.
The MCI’s executive council last Saturday lifted the freeze on 400 seats, 250 of which are in two private medical colleges. The 645 seats still off the list include 100 at NRS Medical College, 95 at Calcutta Medical College and 50 each at SSKM and RG Kar Medical College.
Burdwan Medical College and Hospital has got back 50 seats and Murshidabad Medical College 100 seats.
checklist of non-compliance at state-run institutes
Metro visited four state-run medical colleges in Calcutta over two days to find out why the Medical Council of India has been merciless in slashing MBBS seats this year