Jaipur: The Medical Education Department has received a blow at the hands of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which has declined most of its requests for a PG seat increase and starting of new specialties in the two government run medical colleges in the state. The refusal comes at a time when there is an MBBS student rush for post graduate courses.
The SN medical College received a turn down for its requests for increasing seats in four PG medical courses and starting of four new courses. The Ministry meanwhile, has agreed to sanction a mere four seats in MCh(Urology).
The medical college had sent in application for starting , DM (critical care medicine) MCh (paediatric surgery), DM (neonatology) and PDCC (post-doctoral certificate course in critical care). It had also applied for seat increase in DM (medical gastroenterology) and DM (neurology)and MCh (neurosurgery).
The seat increase approval in MCh (urology) by the centre came accompanied with a rider that the college authorities furnish an undertaking from the state government in three weeks, that it would provide the project with regular fund contributions for all facilitates.
“This permission will be confirmed only after the receipt of necessary undertaking,” stated the MoHFW letter to SN Medical College.
The DM Neurology Course at the Government Medical College, Kota, got the permission to increase between two to four seats in the DM (neurology) course. The Centre declined its request for starting a new MCh course in urology.
“The MCI has made its recommendations to the central government disapproving the requests. However, the institutions were given an opportunity to present their case before the committee constituted for this purpose at the ministry of health and family welfare. After considering the recommendations of MCI and the hearing committee, the central government has decided to accept the recommendations of MCI and hereby disapprove the request for the academic session 2017-18,” the letter says.
The JLN Medical College of Ajmer’s proposal for increasing seats in DM (cardiology) has also been turned down by the Centre.
The ministry has however, consented to the colleges applying again for the next academic session, though as per the provisions of IMC Act 1956 and regulations framed within.