Dehradun: The long-delayed counselling of 300 MBBS students of the defunct Shridev Suman Subharti Medical College (SSSMC) is all set to begin from tomorrow i.e. March 6 Wednesday.
According to a recent report by TOI, the state medical education department has announced that counselling of the first and second-year MBBS students of the medical college will take place on March 6. The counselling will be done online.
Recently, the MBBS students had staged a protest at Doon Medical College against the government’s failure to begin their counselling soon; which was promised to them over three weeks ago.
The government had assured the commencement of admission process for 150 MBBS students to other private and government medical colleges across the state on the basis of their NEET score. It was decided that those who score high will be shifted to 3 government medical colleges and those who get low marks will get admissions at 2 private medical colleges in Uttarakhand.
Now, providing details regarding the commencement of the counseling session, Registrar of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Uttarakhand Medical Education University (HNB Medical University), Dr Vijay Juyal, who is also one of the members of the committee formed by the state government in the Subharti case, informed TOI, “MBBS Students will be given a week’s time to take admissions in the selected colleges and the examination of these students will be conducted from the second to third week of April.”
On the segregation of students to private or government medical colleges, Dr Juyal informed, “The top 75 students of each batch will be given a chance to choose between three government colleges. Rest of the 75 will be given options between two private colleges.”
The medical college was shut down after various discrepancies were noticed in the institute. Medical Dialogues had been extensively reporting about the controversial case of self-financing Subharti Medical College. On December 6, the Supreme Court had ordered the Uttarakhand government to take over the land, buildings and assets of the Medical College within 24 hours and run it as a government entity thereafter.
This decision was taken in view of the petitions filed by a group of 74 NEET qualified students, who were admitted to the first year MBBS course. The students moved the apex court saying that as there was a lack of infrastructure and faculty, they should be transferred to any other medical college in the state.
At that hearing, the Deputy Advocate General (DAG) of Uttarakhand J K Sethi told the bench that the state would be willing to take over the college along with its entire infrastructure and assets, both movable and immovable so that it could meet the norms of MCI and affiliated with HNB Medical University.
The SC had made it clear that if the university affiliates the institution and MCI grants requisite permission, the students can sit for the first-year examination of MBBS course to be conducted by the university.
In the next hearing, the state had revealed the irregularities that persisted at the Subharti University. The DAG Uttarakhand stated that the institution was making a “mockery of education” and all the students were being taken for a ride.
It was submitted that apart from a medical college, Subharti authorities were running a paramedical college, a nursing college, a pharmacy college, polytechnic and computer science colleges, a journalism institute, a management college, science and arts college, and even a yogic science college. All these colleges were being run on 13.59 acres whereas a 20-acre campus is mandatory to run just one medical college.
After the SC order on its shutdown and acquisition by government, the Subharti management had announced winter vacations till January 15.
Earlier, the government was planning to amalgamate Subharti University with the HNB Garhwal University.
Then the state government decided to start the admission process for 1st and 2nd-year MBBS students. The officials added that both year students will be again made to sit for the first-year exams after the medical college is allotted to them.
However, sources from the government had informed that time that the 2nd year MBBS students had approached the SC against the clause which makes them reappear for the first-year exam. The matter is reportedly pending in the court.
The criteria on how these MBBS students will be shifted has been finalized by the committee constituted by the state government on the special orders of the apex court to adjust the students of Subharti Medical College in private and government medical colleges.
Now, with the confirmed announcement on the starting of the counselling process, Dr Juyal informed TOI that the second-year MBBS students, who are currently on agitation mode, will have to re-appear in first-year exams. “Those who will clear the exam in April will move to the second year while the rest will have to study the same course again,” he added.
The government committee has also maintained that apart from their NEET scores, students will not be able to avail any other quota while locking seats.