IN A move that could bring cheer for MBBS aspirants in the city, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has assured the Chandigarh Administration it would recommend ‘renewal’ of 100 MBBS seats at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), in Sector 32, to the Union Health Ministry .
UT Health Secretary Anurag Agarwal, who attended the MCI meeting in New Delhi Thursday, said, “We have given an undertaking on behalf of the state government that all the concerns raised by MCI [about the GMCH] would be addressed,” Agarwal told Chandigarh Newsline.
“As they have promised us that they will recommend to the ministry about the seat renewal, we are now sure that it should happen,” said Agarwal. “We will wait for a formal letter now from the ministry.”
The issue of renewal of MBBS seats came up after the executive committee of the MCI which had visited GMCH last year recommended to the Cente not to renew the permission for admission of the fourth batch of MBBS students against the increased intake from 50 to 100. The team had found several deficiencies during the hospital inspection.
In 2013, the number of seats at the intake level for MBBS were increased from 50 to 100 after getting an approval from the Ministry of Health. Since then, the MCI has granted approval for 100 MBBS seats at the college each year.
After the MCI team’s first visit, and the subsequent report which was submitted to the Institute, another team of MCI visited the Institute this year in February.
Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher had also written a letter to Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda requesting him to sanction 100 MBBS seats for the institute.