The Medical Council of India (MCI) is soon likely to decide on the renewal of 100 MBBS seats in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, for the coming session.
“So far, the meeting has not been conducted. The meeting is expected to take place in next few days,” said Dr Atul Sachdeva, Director-cum-Principal of GMCH. “The issue about the renewal will be decided then.”
Dr Sachdeva added that he was hopeful that the renewal would be given for the fourth batch of the students. “We are hopeful of a positive solution. MCI will look at everything and will then make a recommendation.”
In 2013, the number of seats at the intake level for MBBS were increased from 50 to 100 after getting an approval from the Union Health Ministry. Since then, the MCI has granted approval for 100 MBBS seats at the college each year.
The issue of renewal of MBBS seats came to the fore after the executive committee of the Medical Council of India (MCI), which had visited GMCH last year, recommended that the Central government should not 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 visit.
However, after the report was submitted to the institute, a fresh team of visited the institute in February this year. “After we were informed about the deficiencies, we rectified all the problems and submitted a fresh report to the MCI. Following this, another team from MCI came in February,” said Dr Sachdeva.
Parents of MBBS aspirants at GMCH-32 had also approached UT Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal stating that decreasing the seats to 50 would be a “regressive step in the interest of the students seeking admission to the college”.
Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher has 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.