Now, medical students in 32 colleges in the country might be caught in a tangle, as the colleges have failed the quality test stipulated for them. Nearly 4,000 medical students will be affected due to this move.
Among 34 colleges approved by a Supreme Court-appointed oversight committee in May 2016, these colleges too are listed. But recently, they were debarred by the country's medical education regulator for failing to meet required parameters.
However, these institutes are given a second chance through a special permission obtained from the committee, headed by retired judge RM Lodha, who had overruled the Medical Council of India's (MCI) decision and granting another inspection before cancelling their license. But this is granted only with the condition that if these colleges fail another inspection, they cannot admit students for two years.
Eventually, admissions in this college took place these colleges and in their first batch, 3,957 students were admitted last summer. These students had cleared the national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET).
According to rules, these students who are in their bachelors of medicine (MBBS) should be moved to other medical colleges if their institutes get disqualified. But experts feel such an effort will be challenging.
"You can't stretch facilities to accommodate so many students in other approved colleges. This will hamper studies of the students," said KK Aggarwal, national president of the Indian Medical Association. "If the oversight committee accepts the MCI report, it will have to address the concerns of students admitted to these colleges."