NAGPUR: The fate of 40 seats of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) once again seems uncertain as Medical Council of India (MCI) is yet to give a formal nod to these seats. The process for admissions to government medical colleges is already on and the directorate of medical education and research (DMER) is making all efforts to convince MCI that the college would comply with all deficiencies at the earliest.
MCI had conducted an inspection at IGGMC on June 11 but was not very happy with what it saw. It had asked the Maharashtra chief secretary to furnish an undertaking that college would comply with the norms. Despite an assurance by the government, the council has not sent any clearance for renewal of seats so far. First round of admissions is already over and filling of seats under the all India quota is going on. The second round of admissions is scheduled for last week of this month.
Sources in IGGMC told TOI that the college dean Dr P Wakode had been to Delhi to meet MCI officials two days back. He too good couldn't get MCI nod. "State government has already given an undertaking to the council in June. Since we have not got any letter of clearance renewing the seats every year from 60-100 as yet I have sought an appointment with the council on August 13. We will leave no stone unturned to get the renewal and get clearance before the second round of admissions," said the DMER director Dr Pravin Shingare.
It is learnt the MCI had raised eight queries in its inspection report including an assurance by state secretary about compliance of deficiencies. The others are shortage of resident doctors, senior resident doctors and infrastructural requirements like library building, examination hall, resident hostel, girls' hostel etc. The construction work of these buildings is on but at a snail's pace.
Parents and students are really worried as this year MCI is taking the issue very seriously. "Vidarbha students will be at a great loss if the seats are not cleared in time. Why is it that every year the college has to plead with the MCI? Why can't government take things seriously and resolve the issue once and for all," said a parent who feels his son could get admission in the second round.
Times of India