In a big relief to medical aspirants, the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 has retained 100 MBBS seats for the coming session, thus putting to rest all speculation regarding reduction in number of seats.
The development follows a recommendation of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to the Health Ministry for renewal of 100 seats to GMCH-32.
Director Principal, GMCH, Atul Sachdev confirmed to Chandigarh Newsline on Saturday that a letter had been received from the health ministry about the seat renewal.
“We were hopeful that seats would be renewed for this year as well. We have received a communication from the health ministry in which seats have been renewed for the current year as well,” said the director.
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In 2013, MCI had enhanced the number of seats from 50 to 100. Since then the institute has been maintaining 100 seats intake following the MCI officials’ assessment and subsequent renewal.
It was last year when the MCI’s executive committee visited the GMCH and recommended to the Central government not to renew the permission for admission of the 4th batch (2016) of MBBS students against the increased intake of 100. The team had found several deficiencies during the visit.
Another MCI team, however, visited the hospital again in February for an inspection and submitted a fresh report to MCI. Since then the hospital had been waiting for the communication from the ministry. Worried parents had approached the senior officers of the administration. City MP Kirron Kher too was contacted, following which she sent a letter to the Union Health Ministry about the matter.
Last month, UT Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal attended the MCI meeting in New Delhi. He had then said that the MCI had “assured” the Chandigarh Administration to recommend seat renewal to the Union Health Ministry. The UT also submitted an undertaking on behalf of the state government that all those observations made earlier by MCI about the GMCH would be rectified.
Officials said there would now be another inspection for 2017 admission. “We have already completed three years and now we have received confirmation for the fourth year,” said Sachdev. “For the next year, MCI will again conduct the inspection. The renewal process happens for first five years.”
Asked if the deficiencies observed by the MCI earlier have been fixed, the director principal said those had been rectified by the college management.
On the present year’s admission process, Sachdev said that tests would be conducted as per the NEET schedule. “The exam is scheduled in July and results will be announced in August. Counselling will be done after the results,” he said.