J&K likely to get 400 MBBS seats in new medical colleges this year

With the Medical Council of India (MCI) concluding site inspections of the new medical colleges here ‘satisfactorily’, MBBS aspirants in J&K may get added opportunity to secure a seat with the prospect of 400 additional seats.

MCI concluded visit of new medical colleges in J&K at Rajouri last week. Although the letter of permission is awaited, a senior official in health and medical education department said that the Council had expressed its enough satisfaction with the infrastructure and human resource at the colleges to allow intake of the first batch. “Even though the permanent buildings of the new medical colleges are still incomplete, MCI has been convinced about the suitability of the makeshift buildings for less than one year, till the buildings are complete,” he said.

However, the official said that MCI had called principal GMC Doda for a meeting in Delhi recently to express its dissatisfaction with the progress of work. “The infrastructure at Doda is far from complete and it probably will not be ready anytime soon,” the official said, adding that MCI had expressed its unwillingness to give approval for the first batch of MBBS at this college this year. He further said that the college administration has sought approval for 50 seats now and demonstrated the ability to start the 50-student batch in a make-shift building.

Dr Yashpal Sharma, nodal officer for new medical colleges said that Government was in touch with Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) and had communicated the probability of adding 400 to 450 MBBS seats this year. He said that additional seats, when the approval is received, will reflect in the seat matrix and BOPEE had been kept in loop for that. He confirmed that MCI had expressed “satisfaction” over the progress of work and “good news” was expected soon. “For GMC Anantnag and Baramulla, we are definitely going to get permission. For Rajouri and Kathua as well, things seem positive,” he said.

Principal secretary H&ME, Atal Dulloo, said that a letter of approval for the colleges was expected by or before May 31. “We have done everything that was required to fulfil the shortcomings pointed out by MCI in its visits last time around,” he said adding that the State was on a “good standing”. “In four medical colleges we will get approval for 100 seats but in Doda we may have to settle for 50 seats only,” he said.