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State may lose 1,350 medical seats

Ramesh Susarla

GUNTUR: The Medical Council of India has recommended to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare not to renew permission for admission of students into nine private medical colleges of Andhra Pradesh during 2006-07, which could result in reduction of 1,350 seats.

Detailed recommendatory MCI letters written to Secretary, Union Health Ministry, recently also stops one college from awarding MBBS degrees and beginning of academic activity in two new colleges. The recommendations were based on inspection reports submitted by the ad hoc committee appointed by the Supreme Court and the Executive Committee of the MCI.

Shocking revelation

A shocking revelation of the inspection reports of the committee includes creation of forged documents by the teaching faculty to show enough experience. The MCI has recommended to the managements of the colleges to initiate police and legal actions against such faculty members.

In Andhra Pradesh, 3,800 seats were filled last year through EAMCET in 27 Government and private medical colleges. The ad hoc team thoroughly scrutinised applications for renewal of permission to admit students into the 2nd, 4th and 5th batches of colleges where the first batch was yet to pass out and found several glaring discrepancies.

Nine medical colleges that were not recommended for intake of new students were: Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Ghanpur; Bhaskar Medical College, Yenkapally ; GSL Medical College, Rajahmundy; Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences, Chinoutpally; Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Karimnagar; PES Institute of Medical Sciences, Kuppam; Konaseema Institute of Medical Sciences, Amalapuram; Maharajah's Institute of Medical Sciences, Vizianagarm ; and Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences, Peerancheru.

The MCI had recommended disapproval of establishment of new medical college at Vikarabad by Bhagwan Mahavir Memorial Trust, Hyderabad in 2006-07 and was against considering their application for three more years. It wanted the application for new college at Warangal by the Medicare Educational Trust be returned.

It has also recommended that approval should not be granted to the Sitarama Raju Academy of Medical Sciences, Eluru, to award MBBS degrees of the NTR University of Health Sciences.

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