Last year’s decision by the then UPA government to allow one-time increase of about 3,000 seats in 32 government medical colleges has become a major bone of contention between the Union Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI).
Citing its inability to meet the medical admission timelines set by the Supreme Court, the MCI is reluctant to review 150 cases referred to it by the government to prevent existing medical seats from being scrapped, especially in government colleges.
Union health secretary Lov Verma Tuesday wrote to MCI chairperson Jayshreeben Mehta asking the council to approach the SC for an extension so these cases can be reviewed. This comes in the wake of a scathing exchange of letters between the ministry and the council over the latter’s recommendation to scrap 6,387 existing MBBS seats, many of them in government medical colleges, on grounds like lack of AC in lecture rooms.
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In his letter, Verma wrote: “…the council had sufficient time to carry out the compliance verification assessments. However, it appears that the MCI has not carried out any compliance verification assessment.”