The Medical Council of India (MCI) has stuck to its earlier decision to deny permission to increase seats in the MD General Medicine course at the Government Stanley Medical College. This decision comes after considering a compliance report submitted by the college.

The statutory body’s Postgraduate Medical Education Committee came up with this decision during its meeting held last week.

The college had sought an increase of 10 seats in MD General Medicine from the current strength of 15. After considering the council assessor’s report on the physical and teaching facilities in the college, the committee, in February this year, had decided to recommend to the Central government to disapprove the scheme for increase of seats in the course.

One of the reasons for the rejection was that 15 PG students were being admitted every year but the institution did not have the necessary faculty for the increase. The college then submitted the compliance report and authorities met officials in Delhi to explain the steps taken for rectifying the deficiencies.

“We have adequate staff strength. We had informed the officials who accepted our clarification. We are yet to receive a formal communication on this latest decision,” said a college official.

He said they will wait for an official communication to decide further course of action. Officials of the Directorate of Medical Education also said they were aware of the MCI’s decision, which has been put up on its website, but have not received official intimation.

“Such things are routine. But we will take all measures to obtain the additional seats,” an official said.

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