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.