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Panel nod brings joy to health cradle

The Medical Council of India has renewed permission to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bhagalpur, to take admission on 100 seats for the MBBS course.

Arjun Prasad Singh, the principal, said the approval came on his email late on Tuesday evening.

Till 2012, the health cradle had only 50 seats in the MBBS course. The MCI doubled the number of seats last year on the condition that infrastructure would be improved and vacancies would be filled.

The validity expired on July 8 this year. Dr Singh said this approval would be for a year. For the next five years, the college would also have to take approval from the council.

On July 12, Dr Singh rushed to the MCI’s headquarters in New Delhi with the principal secretary, health, for a meeting with the officials concerned. They sat through an hour-long interview where Dr Singh had to answer questions on the availability of resources at the college.

Earlier in May, a team of experts from the MCI had also come for an inspection to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital. They were satisfied with the infrastructure in place.

Approval from the MCI has, for good reason, made youths happy. Apurva Anand, a student preparing for medical entrance examinations, said: “With the MCI’s renewal for 100 seats in the MBBS course, we now have the opportunity to try our luck at home. If we can manage to get admission in this college, our parents’ money would be saved.”

After 2012, the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital had approached the panel for increasing the MBBS seats. The MCI said approval would be given on the condition that vacancies for faculty members would be filled and infrastructure were improved. A year’s time was given to the institute for the purpose following which 100 MBBS seats were sanctioned for the college in 2013.