New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s efforts in the form of the appointment of an Oversight Committee to initiate admissions for the year 2016-17 is already facing obstacles in its way. A Hindustan Times investigation has revealed that five of the fifty seven medical colleges given permission for admission of medical students for the current session-have no faculty, intensive care units lie vacant, and buildings are still under construction . All the five institutions fall within a 50 and 100 Km radius around Delhi.
Following are the hospitals and their discrepancies as revealed by the HT investigative team:
• KM Medical College and Hospital, Mathura and Venkateshwara Institute of Medical Sciences, Gajraula-Non operational ICU’s and OT’s; no patients to be witnessed in wards.
• A few ailing from mild head and stomach aches admitted in a couple of Venkateshwara wards
• As against the 60% occupancy deemed necessary by the MCI, only between 10% and 20% beds found occupied in NC Medical College and Hospital,Panipat, World College on Medical Science and Research, Jhajhar and Rama Medical College and Research Centre, Hapur.
When questioned about the state of affairs, KM College defended itself saying that it lacked no facilities, Rama College maintained a discreet quiet, while the rest gave an assurance that they would work upon their infrastructural deficiencies.
The glaring irregularities of these colleges had the RM Lodha headed Oversight Committee coming on record to say that since the MCI did not comply to the instruction of inspection of these colleges, the committee had been left with no option, but find other ways to verify whether the applicants had fulfilled the compliance expected of them, and claimed done.
According to Justice Lodha, due to the stringent conditions imposed by the OC , it can be comfortably assumed that these colleges would be free of all deficiencies at the time of commencement of session, for the year 2016-17.
It is understood that the MCI ignored OC’s request of inspection on the ground that the 129 colleges rejected by it out of the total 219, had been done on the grounds of two inspections conducted; implying a third would be of no consequence.