Students complete formalities for admission at PMCH in Dhanbad on Monday and (right) medical check-up on the Saraidhela campus of the cradle. Pictures by Gautam Dey
Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad, kicked off the admission process for 100 MBBS seats on Monday even though the Medical Council of India (MCI) had earlier made a recommendation to half the intake capacity owing to poor infrastructure.
The institute, which had increased its seat count from 50 to 100 last year in keeping with the recommendation of the MCI, landed in a tight spot this year when the same watchdog suggested to the Union government on May 13 to reduce the number back to 50.
The MCI had cited several reasons starting from infrastructure deficiencies to shortage of teachers and nursing staff for its strict stand after an inspection of the college in January this year. But with the Centre yet to issue any instruction to the college or state government, PMCH decided to conduct admissions for the usual 100 seats.
“We decided to enrol 100 students as no instruction has come either from the central government or the state government to slash the seat count. Moreover, we had taken several steps to address the shortcomings raised by the MCI even before it wrote to the Centre. For example, a new library-cum-examination hall is ready while a large auditorium with a seating capacity of 500 is also set for commissioning. We have adequate infrastructure to teach 100 students,” said principal of PMCH P.K. Senger.
On the admission process, the principal said at present, they were taking in students who have cleared the Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination.
PMCH has set aside 83 seats for those who have cleared the state exam, 15 for those who have cracked the entrance test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) while two seats are reserved for central government quota.
“However, we have received a list of only 54 students from the Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board. Only this number of students could clear the test. The admission process started today (Monday) and will continue till tomorrow (Tuesday),” the principal added.
As for the remaining seats, he said they were waiting for the CBSE and quota lists.
Classes will begin within 10 days.
Some of the students, who had queued up for admission on Monday, were impressed with the campus.
Divyashri Srivastava (18), a resident of Hazaribagh, said, “Though I wanted to study in a Delhi college, I could not qualify. However, I am quite happy after seeing the PMCH campus. The best part is that the medical college is located on the same premises as the hospital. There is enough space in the hostel where first-year students are allotted separate rooms.”