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Medical Council of India (MCI) has diagnosed all three state-run medical colleges as ailing and recommended the ones in Ranchi and Dhanbad as unworthy of the number of seats they offer

Medical Council of India’s recommendation to the Centre to slash 110 MBBS seats — 60 from RIMS, Ranchi, and 50 from PMCH, Dhanbad — has forced the state health department to sit up. Right now, RIMS has admitted 101 students and PMCH 72, whereas the medical panel deemed 90 and 50 seats, respectively, for the two state-run cradles, as enough. So, going by its recommendations, the 11 and 22 new students at RIMS and PMCH are extra, through no fault of theirs. On one side is the question of careers, on the other, the MCI’s anger over lacunae in medical colleges. The third state-run institution, MGM in Jamshedpur, is also not exempt from ire. CHHANDOSREE, PRADUMAN CHOUBEY & ANIMESH BISOEE examine why the MCI is angry and what colleges have to say