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State flunks MBBS test

- SCB loses 100 seats

Cuttack, June 20: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided not to increase the number of medical seats in the three state government-run medical colleges. Rather, it has slashed 100 seats in SCB Medical College and Hospital.

The other two medical colleges — MKCG in Berhampur and VSS in Sambalpur — had sought increase of 100 seats each for the forthcoming academic session.

The SCB Medical College was allowed to increase its intake of 150 students to 250 students in 2013. This year, the MCI has reduced the strength back to 150 as the college has not been able to meet the infrastructure requirement.

Officials at SCB said that adequate infrastructure could not be developed in the medical college on time because of various procedural delays in getting necessary departmental approvals.

The infrastructure development project at SCB, worth Rs 110 crore, is at various stages of completion.

Four lecture theatres with a capacity of 300 each and one lecture theatre having a seating arrangement of 600 students are being constructed. Construction of a 500-bed hostel for undergraduate students and two hostels with 200-bed capacity each are under construction. A conference hall-cum-auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,500 people is also under construction. The projects should be completed by 2016.

No one from the SCB Medical College and Hospital wants to come on record on the issue of slash of seats by the country’s apex medical body.

The SCB Medical College authorities, however, are hopeful that the MCI will reconsider its decision. The college has submitted a compliance report about its stipulated requirements.

Counselling for aspiring medical graduates will begin tentatively from the last week of July.