200 MBBS seats increase expected with approval of 2 medical colleges in Maharashtra
Mumbai: With the ongoing debate on quota, MBBS students who will be admitted to medical colleges this academic year are likely to witness a sort of relief since the UG medical pool in Maharashtra state is expected to witness a major boost of 200 MBBS seats.
According to a recent report by HT, two medical colleges, one in Baramati and one in Dhule, are awaiting their respective approvals from the apex Medical Council of India (MCI) to begin MBBS admission process.
It has been reported that the Baramati-based medical college with an intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats is awaiting approval from the MCI for its commencement whereas a self-financing medical college which was banned in the 2016-2017 for 2 years, is waiting for the MCI to give its permission to resume back the MBBS admissions.
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Confirming the information on the new medical college in Baramati, Dr TP Lahane, Director at Maharashtra Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) stated, “The institute at Baramati is ready and the official process is almost completed. We are waiting for the final word from the MCI.”
From Jawahar Medical Foundation’s ACPM Medical College, Dhule, Dr SK Singhal, Principal, informed HT, “The two-year ban was lifted this year and we have ensured all the points highlighted by the MCI were looked into and improved. Our application has already reached the MCI and we hope for a positive outcome.”
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ACPM Medical College was banned in 2016-2017 by the MCI from conducting MBBS admissions on account of gross deficiency of facilities which were noticed at the institute during the MCI inspections. At that time apart from ACPM medical college, 31 more medical institutions had been debarred by the apex medical regulator.
Vedantaa Institute of Medical Sciences in Palghar was one of them. Dr Lahane informed the daily that Vedantaa Institute’s approval was still pending, without which they can’t participate in the admission process.
With MCI approvals that usually come towards the end of April every year, Maharashtra state is hoping of a positive response.