The State government is apparently short on time to increase the quota of medical seats in its pool, expected to be 900 seats (150 in each college) for the academic year 2014–15 as the Medical Council of India (MCI) is yet to inspect the six new medical colleges — at Gulbarga, Koppal, Chamarajanagar, Karwar, Madikeri and Gadag — for which the requisite infrastructure is still coming up.

Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash R. Patil said the government was “trying its best to get the MCI nod for the new colleges for this year”.

But, the MCI’s status report of applications for establishment of new medical colleges for the coming academic year shows no major progress. The government was awaiting the MCI inspection in March.

Proposals by private trusts to establish new colleges have also been disapproved. They include proposals by Moogambigai Charitable and Educational Trust, Bangalore; Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education, Tumkur; and by Sri Radhakrishna Educational Trust to set up a college in Ramanagaram district.

As for the status on increase in seats (as on March 24), the MCI has not accorded recognition for ‘renewal of permission against increase intake’ for the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli. The MCI report says a letter disapproving of the proposal for an increase of 100 to 150 seats has been sent to the Union government. The colleges whose proposals for increase in intake have been rejected are Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore, and Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur.

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