If the deficiencies are not removed within the period specified, the Principal Secretary of each of the States will be held personally responsible for non-compliance with the orders passed by this court.
New Delhi: An addition of 800 MBBS seats in MBBS courses offered by eight government medical colleges in three states to this year’s admissions has come through with the Supreme court on Monday granting permission for the same.
A vacation bench of P Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Indu Malhotra on Monday gave their approval for this addition after the chief secretaries of the three states took over the responsibility of doing away with the deficiencies pointed out by the Medical Council of India in the coming 3 months.
The 3 states Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand had moved the apex court challenging admission permission denial for the academic year 2018-19 to these eight government medical colleges. The alleged grounds of denial were not having overcome deficiencies in infrastructure and faculty strength despite repeated reminders having been sent,
The colleges given the relief are Government Medical College and Super Specialty Hospital, Azamgarh (UP), Rajkiya Medical College, Jalaun (UP), MGM Medical College (Jharkhand), Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College, Gaya (Bihar), Government Medical College, Saharanpur (UP), Vardhman Institute of Medical Sciences, Pawapuri Nalanda (Bihar)Government Allopathic Medical College, Banda (UP), , and Government Medical College, Bettiah (Bihar). These colleges will be included in the counseling to take place on Tuesday.
The court earlier recorded the undertaking by the Principal Secretaries (Health) of the three States and gave permission to the the MCI to conduct fresh inspection after three months. It said, “If the deficiencies are not removed within the period specified, the Principal Secretary of each of the States will be held personally responsible for non-compliance with the orders passed by this court.” The matter will be heard next on September 25.
The undertaking adds that all deficiencies shall be cured in three months failing which the concerned Principal Secretary of the State shall be hauled for contempt.
Before passing the order, the Bench made scathing observations against the dismal state of affairs at the eight Government medical colleges that are frequented by thousands of patients daily.
“What happens to patients if you provide them this kind of facilities…Can Government colleges afford to produce half-baked doctors. After all, it is human beings you are treating and not animals.”
The Centre represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh pointed out that since 2013, these colleges were provided opportunity to make good their deficiencies but to no avail. Although willing to provide yet another chance in the interest of students, Singh insisted that instead of States giving undertaking to the Centre, they must give undertaking directly to the court in order to hold accountable the officer giving the undertaking.