Ahmedabad: The state of Gujarat is likely to witness a boost of over 600 MBBS seats from the upcoming academic year, as many new medical colleges are seeing positive responses from the apex medical regulator for the infrastructure to provide medical courses
There are around 3,950 seats in medical colleges across Gujarat at present; now with the four medical colleges, three of them new, the state’s will likely see an increase of 600 MBBS seats.
According to a recent report by TOI, this year 3 new medical colleges had applied for permission to admit medical students, with 150 MBBS seats each.
The fourth medical institute, K M Shah Medical College had applied for 150 MBBS seats in 2017 but did not get permission to begin with the academic process then. The college is reported to have now met a positive response at the MCI
Medical Dialogues had reported recently that the Medical Council of India (MCI) is currently on an inspection spree in the state to ascertain if these institutes are having adequate facilities to impart medical education or not.
Up to now, the inspection has been completed at the colleges in Chandkheda, Nadiad and Visnagar. The fourth medical college which had applied for permission to begin with MBBS admissions was in Amreli, wherein the apex medical regulator is yet to complete inspection, adds TOI.
A few days ago, the MCI team had inspected Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS) College at Vadnagar.
The inspection of GMERS medical colleges has been a matter of concern for a few months. The en-masse transfer of medical faculty ahead of the inspections drew a lot of controversies a few months ago. Around 252 faculty members including Professors, Assistant Professors and Associate Professors and Tutors, were transferred across government and GMERS medical colleges in Vadnagar, Himmatnagar and Junagadh that were due for a surprise inspection from MCI.
A week later, concerned with the low number of medical seats in the state, the Gujarat Health Department issued a letter to the government and GMERS medical colleges directing them to keep track of medical faculties’ duty and attendance regularly, to make sure no irregularity is reported during inspection time.
The state government had taken various initiatives in order to fill up the vacancies but to no avail, the recruitment process drew a lot of controversies, leaving the state medical colleges high and dry.
The said was apparent by the recent hiring process which drew a lot of off-putting attention since despite receiving applications from over 600 doctors for 350 vacant positions at eight hospitals run by the society, the GMERS issued only 88 appointment letters.