Students who completed MBBS this year from the Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) are going to have a tough time. With both the institutes not having got permanent recognition from the Medical Council of India (MCI) owing to lack of adequate infrastructure and faculty members, fresh graduates aspiring to do post-graduation in prestigious medical colleges outside the State are likely to be denied admission.

“MBBS graduates, including those who studied in RIMS and BIMS, can appear for the All-India Postgraduate Medical Entrance Exam scheduled for January 2014. However, when documents and certificates will be verified during the counselling, scheduled for March, graduates from RIMS and BIMS will be denied admission under the government quota in any college across the country on the grounds that these institutes do not have MCI’s permanent recognition,” a RIMS official told The Hindu.

Another official said graduates from RIMS and BIMS could do postgraduate courses in Karnataka. They, however, would be denied admission in prestigious government medical institutes such as the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, the official said.

Those whose rank is below 1800 in the All-India Postgraduate Medical Entrance Exam usually get government seat in any college across the country and those whose rank is below 3000 have a chance of getting government seat in any college within the State. The State provides Rs. 20,000 monthly stipend to students who get government seats.

Anxious

“Even if we get a rank below 1600 in the entrance exam, we will be denied admission under the government quota in colleges outside Karnataka. As there are not many government seats in colleges in Karnataka, the competition will be tough as students from outside the State who have secured top ranks will also vie for them,” a student who graduated from RIMS this year said.

“Students from middle class families cannot afford to get admission under the management quota because each seat costs not less than Rs. 1 crore,” she added.

One year

In its letter, dated July 13, 2007, to the Health Department of Karnataka, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare granted permission to establish RIMS with an annual intake of 100 students from the academic year 2007-08. The letter said that the permission was for one year and would be renewed every year on verification of achievements of annual target set out in the project report. It also said the process of annual renewal of permission would continue until such time that the establishment of medical college and expansion of hospital facilities are completed according to the MCI norms. The Karnataka government has so far managed to obtain annual permission and it has to continue to do so as the process of establishing the medical college and expansion of hospital facilities are not yet completed according to the MCI norms.

Similar process was followed in the BIMS’s case as well.

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