NEW DELHI : At a time when India faces an acute shortage of doctors while thousands of medical aspirants face shortage of the medical colleges in the country, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has shot down 32 of the 50 colleges checked as not fit for any fresh admissions.

The MCI barred these colleges from admitting students in the coming academic year because of reasons like acute shortage of faculty and the linked hospitals not having doctors and equipment for training of the students.

The MCI has also put on notice many other colleges for the mandatory requirements to run the classes.

Those barred include the Maharashtra Institute of Medical Scinces in Pune and P A B Deshmukh Memorial College in Amravati, Maharashtra. The Pune college claimed to have conducted six major orthopedic surgeries in the last three days when a team of MCI came on the check.

 The team wanted to see the patients but only one could be produced and th college could not produce record of five others claimed to have been discharged.

When the team came on a surprise check to the Amravati, it was shocked to find that it is running the PG courses but it has not yet built an emergency ward, nor wards for children, psychiatry and skin diseases.

Banning further admissions, the MCI has threatened to derecognise the college.

There are 452 medical colleges in the country, with total 52,715 seats.

They are not sufficient to cover up the shortage of doctors in the country even in a decade as the shortage is estimated to be an estimated six lakh. At present, there are 9.36 lakh doctors registered in India, which means one doctor per 1700 persons. One big issue is that 80% of doctors are based urban areas while 65% population still lives in the rural areas.

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