Telengana will witness a mere 150 seat increase, for the academic session 2018-19 as the Medical Council of India(MCI) has granted approval to only one of the three applications filed for new medical colleges in the state. Telangana presently has a total 3,300 MBBS seats, spread across 23 colleges. Siddipet Government Medical College, however, failed to get the Council approval due to inadequacies listed by the apex medical education regulator.
Ayaan Institute of Medical Sciences is the new college that received the Council approval in its Executive Committee meeting held last month,It is located in the Ranga Reddy district. Last year, the college had failed in getting approval owing to administrative issues.
“The executive committee of the council considered the assessment report…. and decided to recommend to the central government to issue letter of permission for establishment of a new medical college at Kanakamamidi (V), RR district, Telangana (Ayaan Institute of Medical Sciences, Teaching Hospital & Research Centre, Telangana) by Ayaan Education Society, Hyderabad, Telangana with an annual intake of 150 MBBS students under Kaloji Narayan Rao University of Health Sciences, Warangal u/s 10A of the IMC Act, 1956 for the academic year 2018-19,” read the minutes of the meetings (MoM) released by MCI recently.
Government Medical College in Siddipet, which has been vying for the Council’s nod since 2016, has lost it again this time too. Spread over a massive 50 acres, the Telangana government has, till date, invested an estimated ₹700 crore on this institution.
Recommending to the Centre “to not issue a letter of permission for the establishment of a new Government Medical College at Siddipet by the government of Telangana with an annual intake of 150 MBBS students under Kaloji Narayan Rao University of Health Sciences”, the MCI listed out a host of inadequacies that led to the rejection.
The assessment report submitted by the Executive Committee of the Council observed a faculty deficiency of 13.84 per at the Siddipet Government Medical College. The Council stated that its departments of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, demonstration rooms, and pantry were not furnished. Further, the college’s lecture theatres, central library, student hostels, residential quarters, dean’s office, common rooms for boys and girls were still under construction; calling it an infrastructural deficiency, reports TOI.