With Medical Council of India (MCI) yet to approve additional seats for Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and NRS Medical College and Hospital,the fate of around 195 students who are eager to start their career in the medical field is hanging on balance.
Recently,a team of MCI officials inspected the two medical colleges and expressed their dissatisfaction of the present infrastructure to accommodate more students. In 2011,the state government had announced increasing the seats at NRS Medical College and CMCH by 100 and 95 respectively.
However,the MCI team said the infrastructure of the two medical colleges was not enough to house 345 students and 250 students at CMCH and NRS Medical College respectively.
A team of senior health officials from West Bengal went to Delhi a week ago and placed their request to consider the matter,but MCI officials told them to revamp their infrastructure within June. If not,then it would be difficult to approve the additional seats.
With the relations between the Congress and Trinamool turning sour over presidential election,there is general apprehensions that required approval may not come through.
Principal Secretary (Health) Sanjoy Mitra said: Lets wait and see.
This year 3,400 students who appeared for state JEE were selected for medical branch.
If these additional seats would have got a nod from the MCI then more students within 300 rank could have got the opportunity to study in these medical colleges.
It will take time,but we will get MCI recognition this year. In state-run medical colleges,there will be ups and downs in the beginning,but things will be normal after few years, said Susanta Banerjee,Director,Medical Education.