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Heads’ plea on scrapped seats

The heads of nine state-run medical colleges in Bengal met health ministry officials in Delhi on Monday and sought permission for admitting students to the MBBS seats the Medical Council of India has scrapped.

“The heads of the government medical colleges whose seats have been scrapped submitted their requests to the health ministry in Delhi. We are waiting for the ministry’s decision,” said Sushanta Banerjee, the state director of medical education.

“The final decision on the seats will be taken by July 15,” said an official of the health ministry.

The council had over the past few months abolished 1,045 MBBS seats in 12 colleges across the state because of infrastructure lapses and lack of enough teachers and other employees. Last month, it had lifted the freeze on 400 seats, 250 of which are in two private medical colleges.

“We have given a detailed list of measures taken by us following the medical council’s recommendations, such as expanding the library space. We hope the seats will be restored,” said Pradip Mitra, the director of Institute of the Post Graduate Medical Education and Research-SSKM, who was among the heads who met ministry officials in Delhi.