It seems the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) administration would not get MCI nod for increase in 100 MBBS seats for the session 2019-20. It will apply afresh for 2020-21. The college administration was quite confident of getting 100 additional seats by the next session (2019-20) but the medical council of India surprised the college administration by conducting inspection for 10 additional seats (140 to 150) for the sixth time.
The college administration had applied for increase of seats for the session 2019-20 in 2017. Earlier, the college had decided to apply for increase of 100 seats for the session 2018-19 but due to delay in infrastructure development, they applied for the next session. “We have not got recognition for 140 to 150 seats from the MCI yet. We are expecting to get it soon as it was the sixth inspection by the apex body.
However, we don’t think that we will get 100 more MBBS seats for 2019-20 as the process needs to be completed before July,” Dean Dr Jyoti Bindal said. She further said that they would now re-apply for the session 2020-2021 with an aim to increasing the seats.
According to a medical education-based scheme, the Union Government announced to provide colleges with Rs 1.2 crore grant per seat to develop infrastructure and equipment, while entrusting the state governments with recruitment in the seats in 2016-17.
Former Dean Dr MK Rathore had decided to apply for the current session i.e. for 2017-18 but the Commissioner of Medical Education Department directed the officials not to apply for seat increase without developing infrastructure forcing the MCI to put down the applications earlier.
The medical college requires about 1,000 beds at its hospitals to be eligible for 250 UG MBBS seats. Therefore, the college will add 300 beds of MTH with 750 beds of MY Hospital to achieve the target. However, a proposal to increase 300 beds in MY Hospital itself is also under process.