October 27, 2020

Bihar hails ‘victory’ on MBBS seats

Patna: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed admission to the 250 MBBS seats in Bihar government medical colleges in the academic year 2018-19.

The state government had moved the apex court against the Medical Council of India’s decision of disallowing admission into the MBBS course of three Bihar medical colleges: Government Medical College, Bettiah; Vardhman Institute of Medical Sciences, Pawapuri (100 seats each); and Anugrah Narayan Medical College, Gaya (50 seats).

Principal secretary, health Sanjay Kumar, welcomed the court’s decision. He said that his department had sought three months time from the court to address the deficiencies that the MCI had pointed out in February, and that the court had asked the government to ensure it was done.

Sanjay said the deficiencies have “now been brought down to a satisfactory level. The medical regulatory body had pointed out manpower and infrastructure related deficiencies. We will work on that. The MCI might be directed to inspect these institutions later, but I have not seen the court order yet”.

Health minister Mangal, Pandey, too, hailed the Supreme Court order and said the state government was determined to address the deficiencies within three months.

“The decision is going to benefit poor and meritorious students of the state who otherwise would have to move to other states for taking admission into MBBS colleges due to lack of seats over here,” said Pandey.

Senior member of the state chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and ophthalmologist Dr Sunil Kumar Singh agreed.

“The MCI has microscopic approach for inspecting government medical colleges and telescopic approach for private colleges,” Singh said. “It allows private medical colleges to take students despite major deficiencies… MCI has become a den of corruption.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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