Indore: Giving a jolt to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, the Medical Council of India ( MCI) has rejected its application to increase seats in post- graduate courses. The MCI has even rejected the demand of the college to start its PG course in TB and Respiratory Medicine. Scarcity of faculty and poor infrastructure are believed to be the reason for disapproval.

As per the status of PG applications for Academic ear 2014- 15 released by the MCI on its website dated February 10, the application for demanding increase in PG seats of General Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Community Medicine has been rejected by the Council. The MGMMC had demanded increase of two seats in surgery and pediatrics Department, three seats for Orthopedics and five for Community Medicine Department.

The disapproval of application stunned the college administration. “ We don’t know exactly the reasons why our demand is disapproved. We will discuss the matter with the HoDs and senior officials and would give our presentation again before the MCI,” vice- dean Dr Sanjay Dixit said.

It is to be noted that an MCI team inspected the college and its associate colleges for the seats of surgery and community medicine in December, last year whereas inspection for TB and Respiratory Medicine, Orthopedics and Pediatric seats had taken place in February, 2013.

Departments were prepared overnight

For getting approval for the seats, the college administration did everything to lure the MCI peer team.Even, the college administration had prepared two wards— Dermatology and TB and Respiratory Medicine a day before the inspection. However, all the efforts of the college administration failed to influence the MCI team finally.

Lack of head count and infrastructure

According to internal sources, scarcity of staff and lack of infrastructure are the reasons for disapproval of the application.Sources said that the college didn’t have proper head count in the departments and still the Department of Medical Education used to shift staff to other colleges to get approval for seats there.

NO SEATS INCREASED, SOME UNDER CONSIDERATION

A s per the list released by the MCI, no seats have been increased in any government medical college in the State as the MCI rejects the application of most of the seats. However, some of the applications are under consideration and decision would be taken after inspection only.

The MCI has put the applications of RD Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, Shyam Shah Medical College, Rewa, Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior and Jabalpur Medical College. However, seats for some of the private medical colleges have been approved by the Council.

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