Patna, July 9: The Jitan Ram Manjhi government is planning to start three new medical colleges in Purnea, Chhapra and Samastipur in the next academic session.
Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health, said the department would send the proposal regarding this to Medical Council of India (MCI) this month only. “We have decided to increase the number of medical seats in the state. However, we are not going to put up the proposal for starting these three colleges in the current academic session but the next one,” said Kumar.
The decision to send another proposal to the MCI comes at a time when it has barred the Wardhman Ayurvigya Sansthan, Nalanda, and Government Medical College, Bettiah, from taking admission in its MBBS courses. Last year, both the colleges admitted 100 students each. According to sources, the MCI has also not given permission to Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital, Gaya, to take admission on its 50 additional seats.
The only relief, which the MCI has given to the state, is allowing Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences to admit its 100-batch MBBS students. Sources said the decision regarding this was taken in an MCI meeting in Delhi on Tuesday.
The sources added that the refusal of the MCI to grant permission for admission to these three medical colleges will mean the state loses 250 seats.
However principal secretary Deepak showed a glimmer of hope. “We have got to know that the day after tomorrow there is another meeting of the MCI’s executive body. We are again going to send an undertaking to the MCI by the chief secretary in which we would assure that we would comply with the directives. We are sure that the MCI would give permission to take admission in the MBBS course of all the three colleges mainly because all of them are government colleges,” he said.
Medical experts, however, said the state government should first upgrade the infrastructure of the existing colleges. “Patna Medical College and Hospital has recently got permission for taking admission in its addition 50 seats but for other colleges the state government is giving undertaking to the MCI continuously every year. Why the government need to give an undertaking every year?,” said Sachichidanand Kumar, a member of the IMA state branch.
Sunil Kumar Singh, IMA vice-president, said: “The government has created more than 1,700 posts for the new medical colleges. It has also taken many measures to upgrade the infrastructure. In due time, the government would meet all the required criteria.”