eenadu news paper 16-08-2016

T gets 450 more MBBS seats

In good news for medical aspirants, the number of MBBS seats in private medical colleges has been increased by 450 from this academic year.

The decision to increase seats from the existing 1,900 seats to 2,350 in private medical colleges for the 2016-2017 session was taken by the Supreme Court-Mandated Oversight Committee On Medical Council of India (SCMOCMCI) which granted permission to three new colleges to start operations.

Following the decision, medical aspirants trying their luck in Eamcet-III (for convenor quota ) and Neet-II (for management quota) may stand a better chance of getting through with more MBBS seats being offered by RVM Medical college, Mulu gu mandal (Medak); Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranga Reddy; and Maheshwara Medical College, Patancheru.

The total number of MBBS seats in Telangana will now go up to 3,350 seats, including 2,350 in private colleges and 1,000 in six state-run medical colleges.

Using its power to override Medical Council of India’s (MCI) decision, in which it re jected applications of these three colleges for not fulfilling manpower and infrastructure-related deficiencies, the SCMOCMCI in its latest order gave them letter of permission (LoP) to start intake for 150 MBBS seats each for 2016-17, but with a rider.

The rider in point 3.2 (a) on page 17 states that the three medical colleges will be re-inspected again after September 30 to see if they have really addressed all deficiencies listed out by the MCI’s inspection teams early this year.

The Supreme Court-appointed oversight committee’s decision giving a second chance to the three colleges has however received flak, with experts feeling the move is likely to have a detrimental impact on medicos. “At the most, the SCMOCMCI should have appointed another inspection team to find out if these new applicants addressed all deficiencies or not before giving them a second chance,“ said Dr K Ramesh Reddy , MCI member, adding that if these colleges were later to blacklisted for two years, medicos would suffer.

In fact, TOI had reported in these columns earlier that the MCI’s decision rejecting applications of six new medical colleges in inspection reports proved how some of these applicants fell woefully short on meeting key requirements.

In the case of RVM medical college, promoted by RVM Charitable Trust, Karimnagar, the MCI’s executive committee in its inspection report in January was so miffed with its non-comp liance on 34 counts that it shot off a letter to Telangana state health secretary regarding how it could have granted essentiality certificate (EC) to the college to apply to the MCI for permission in the first place.

It even pointed this out in points 26, 27, 29 and 31 of the inspection report on RVM college. It said: “College building is initial stage of construction; central library under construction, residential quarters are under construction and preclinical departments are not functional.“

Even in the case of Maheshwara Medical College, Patancheru, and Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranga Reddy , the MCI inspection reports in December 2015 and January 2016 respectively listed out 17 deficiencies in each of the colleges before permission was denied to start operations in 2016-17.

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