The State Government has postponed the announcement of seat matrix for admissions to government and private medical colleges in the State for 2013-14 from June 15 to June 19. The government’s hands are tied until the Medical Council of India (MCI) gives its final decision on its plea to maintain status quo of medical seats allotted by the MCI to five government medical colleges for the academic year 2013-14.

Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil told The Hindu in Gulbarga on Friday that the government was awaiting the final word from the MCI on the undertaking given by the State government to fulfil all the conditions imposed by the MCI within a timeframe and had requested the MCI to reverse its decision to stop admissions to 400 MBBS seats in Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore Medical Collegeand Research Institute, Karnataka Institute of Medical Science, Hubli, Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, and Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences.

As a result, the seat matrix of the medical seats available in the government and management quota would be announced only on June 19.

While the MCI had withheld its permission to admit students for an additional 100 seats sanctioned to Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, and an additional 50 seats each sanctioned to Mysore Medical College and Research Institute and Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, last year, admissions to 100 seats sanctioned to Bidar and Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences were withheld for the failure of these colleges to fulfil the conditions imposed by the MCI during its earlier visits.

Dr. Patil said that the MCI has pointed out deficiencies in infrastructure, including building, laboratory, lecture halls, auditorium, examination halls, hostel facilities and others in these medical colleges.

He said that the Finance Department has permitted construction of an additional building at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute at a cost of Rs. 90 crore and the drawing of the designs was in the final stages.