The Medical Council of India (MCI) has declined to renew permission for the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College, Bangalore, for the coming academic year.

The executive committee of the MCI decided “not to renew the permission for the academic year 2014-15” college and this has been communicated to the Union government.

Of an intake of 100 seats in the college, 40 are earmarked for students who write the Common Entrance Test (CET), 15 for the all-India quota, and 45 seats are for children of ESIC members and employees.

Confirming this, B. Rajeeva Shetty, Dean of ESIC Medical College, said that the MCI conducted inspection earlier than expected. “Usually, the MCI team comes in November for inspection in postgraduate colleges. For inspection in undergraduate colleges, the team visits between February and April. But this time, the MCI team came in December. They observed some deficiencies, including in the availability of faculty. During that time, many faculty members were either participating in conferences and seminars, or were on leave,” he said.

‘Matters set right’

Dr. Shetty, however, said that the administration of the Union government institution was confident that they would get MCI approval before the admissions began for the ensuing academic year.

“We have set right the deficiencies and sent the evidence to the MCI. We expect another inspection soon or even approval without an inspection. But, we are confident of getting MCI approval as otherwise 100 meritorious students will be deprived of seats,” he said.

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