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Infrastructure-deficient, GMC Srinagar denied of seat enhancement, MCI

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GMC Srinagar denied of seat enhancement, MCI

The Medical Council of India (MCI) asks Indian government to withdraw enhancement of seats of MBBS at the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar. The MCI says that GMC Srinagar is deficient in infrastructure.

This recommendation has been made by the executive committee if MCI based on investigation conducted in May this year.

The recommendation letter has been sent to Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on June 10.

The letter reads, "the executive committee of the council decided to recommend to the central government not to renew the permission for admission of 2nd batch of MBBS students against the increased intake from 100 to 150 at (GMC) Srinagar, under University of Kashmir Hazratbal, Srinagar for the academic year 2014-2015." The letter has been sent along with a copy of detailed investigation report.

Last year, the state government enhanced the intake capacity of the four medical colleges in the state, with each college getting additional 50 seats. The intake capacity of GMC Srinagar went up from 100 to 150.

The reports from MCI said, the enhancement was made without upgrading the infrastructure of GMC. The report also says that, the GMC is deficient in classroom space, hostels and laboratories.

With reference to the deficiency of faculty and poor use of techniques, the MCI said, "The faculty is 11.72% with a shortage of 12 associate professors, and one assistant professor; shortage of residents is 12.5% with a shortfall of 13 junior residents."

However, recommendations from the report haven't been followed up with any action from the center or the state government.

On the contrary, the state's Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) selected 150 candidates for admission in GMC on the basis of the Common Entrance Test (CET); the counselling process has also begun.

Principal of GMC, Dr. Rafiq Pampori, said that the college administration hasn't conveyed anything officially.

"We haven't received any communication in this regard. In case of MCI's recommendation, I will have to check with the administrative department to see what actually the matter is," he added.

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