Recently, the regulations governing Indian medical colleges set up by the Medical Council of India (MCI) was revised so that both private and government medical colleges can retain their total number of seats even after regular inspection. The revised regulations will make sure that medical seats are not lost due to any inspections.

It has also been decided that these medical institutions will be permitted to operate normally even if the colleges have a fewer number of staff and patients than the stipulated 30 per cent & 60 per cent respectively. Previously, disciplinary action was taken in such cases. Earlier, M K Shah Medical College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat had to lose 150 medical seats after an MCI inspection.

Moreover, an additional 450 new seats are expected to be sanctioned in Visnagar, Amreli and Nadiad. This will increase the total number of MBBS seats in Gujarat to 4,600 from 4,000. A state official said “The medical colleges at Dahod, Palanpur, Visnagar, Nadiad, Amreli, Junagadh, Mehsana and Sabarkantha are at various stages of obtaining MCI approval. A few of these are Government run, some are run by trusts like GMERS and some are private.”

“Compliance guidelines have already been given to these colleges and they will be inspected for the next academic year. Recruitment of staff is going on at a couple of colleges, while some will be reinspected for compliance with recommendations,” he added.

In 2018, teaching staff and professors were rearranged previously by the state government in some of the new medical colleges. The official informed that infrastructure is already in place in most of these medical institutions.

Medical Council of India (MCI) team have conducted an inspection for the sixth time in the MGM Medical College for additional 10 MBBS seats. Finally, the day has come for which the college was waiting for the last five years.  The college has spent about Rs 15 lakh application fees for inspection in overall during this time. But MCI had rejected permission pointing at the loopholes in infrastructure and services related to the college.

According to an official report, last year the MCI team had made it clear that the college lacks adequate infrastructure and have a shortage of space. They were lacking a big lecture hall, auditorium and a huge library. It was also observed the college didn’t have the adequate number of senior resident doctors and resident doctors to guide the students pursuing post graduation.

According to Dr. Jyoti Bindal, dean of MGM “In last five years, MCI has been rejecting application for additional 10 seats due to loopholes in infrastructure. This year we have fulfilled all criteria for which we missed chance of getting permission last year.”

Sources confirmed that the major permission issue of the small library has been resolved. The accounts office and the administrative office has been converted into a reading room and library respectively that increased the space. Moreover, the college now has more equipment, faculty and infrastructure than required.

The MCI report will be out within a week. As soon as MGM gets a nod for 10 seats, they will request for 100 more seats for which the college has already applied to offer 250 MBBS seats for the academic session 2019-20.

As per recent notification by Medical Council of India, Bengal will have now five new medical colleges at Diamond Habour, Raiganj, Rampurhat, Purulia and Cooch Behar in 2019. So by this year, there will be an additional 500 MBBS seats beside the existing 2,600 seats in government and private medical colleges.

As the colleges will be set up in the existing district hospitals, the State Government will be responsible to upgrade the facilities at these institutes. The health department has already taken steps to augment the hospitals to medical colleges.

However, they lay apprehensions whether the senior teachers would prefer to join these colleges as they are far from Kolkata.

Though these hospitals are super speciality hospitals, they lacked several facilities. As these hospitals lack proper infrastructure, a major thrust has been given or creating hostels and quarters to set up laboratories, library, auditorium, lecture halls and research units.

Medical education director Debashis Bhattacharyya stated that they are applying to the Centre and MCI for inspection and clearance of these medical colleges. Everyone is happy with the order of new medical colleges coming up. The Centre has already granted Rs 499 crore for setting up these colleges in districts, where no institution existed. The Centre’s share remains 60% while the state will bear 40% recurring cost including salaries of teachers and staffs.