Government medical colleges do not seem to be interested in taking up the Medical Council of Indias offer to increase the number of students to 410 or almost 20 per cent.
The opportunity to add seats may be lost since none of the 18 colleges has submitted an application to the state government. The circular allowing additional seats states that colleges with an intake capacity of 50 seats will be able to increase it to 100 and those with 100 seats can increase it to 150.
Some colleges claimed they received the circular late. We received the circular on July 19. We need to consider many aspects before applying for additional seats. Our current capacity is 100 and we can add 50 seats. However,I am going to consult the BMC commissioner because we are a municipal hospital. I will also consult our administration, said Dr Avinash Supe,dean,Lokmanya Tilak Medical College (Sion Hospital).
Dr T P Lahane,Member,MCI,and dean of Grant Medical College (J.J.Hospital) said they would not be granted the increased intake due to lack of infrastructure. Around 3,000 additional seats have been sanctioned for medical colleges across the country. These seats will be granted to states where there is a backlog in admission. Of this,410 seats have been granted to government colleges in Maharashtra.
The total intake capacity of 18 government medical colleges in the state is 2,060.
According to MCI and the state government,the circular was sent to LTMC at Sion,RGMC at Thane,Government Medical College at Nanded,Swami Ramanand Teerth Medical College at Beed,Dr. Vaishampayam Memorial Medical College at Solapur,Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College at Dhule,Miraj,IGMC-Nagpur.
Initially,the deadline was July 15,but it was extended to July 24. Dr. Adinath Suryakar,Registrar of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences said,We are awaiting an undertaking by the chief secretary of medical education as asked for by MCI. The undertaking that the state will fund and control the additional capacity is expected by Tuesday. The application to increase the capacity will be processed after this.
According to Suryakar,one of the reasons for the delay in applications was the need to increase infrastructure and staff to cater to the additional intake capacity. Even if the colleges have not applied for additional seats the undertaking by the Chief Secretary will ensure that the seats do not lapse, said Suryakar.