Deepa Kurup

BANGALORE: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended nine medical colleges from the State — five government and four private colleges — for “renewal of permission”, giving them the green signal to admit students for the current academic year. As many as 660 government seats and 200 government quota seats will thus be opened up at subsidised fees.

The Raichur Institute of Medical Science, a government medical college set up in 2006, has not been recommended by the MCI.

The K.V.G. Medical College in Sullia has also been cleared for recognition according to the updated list of the MCI. Government medical colleges in Belgaum, Bidar, Hassan, Mandya and Shimoga have been granted permission to admit students for this academic year.

The S.S. Insitute of Medical Science and Research, Davangere; S.D.M. College, Dharwad; S. Ninjalingappa Medical College, Bagalkot; and Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore; have also been granted permission. Putting together government and private colleges, they account for 1,150 medical seats.

Though this is good news for students who attended the medical seat selection process last week, they will have to wait till July 28 for the casual vacancy round.

The MCI conducted inspections in some of these colleges in the first week of June, thus excluding them from the first round. “We have done everything to ensure that the facilities are up to the mark and even conducted fresh rounds of recruitment and walk-in interviews for all these colleges,” says Director of Medical Education Shankarlinge Gowda.

“We have tried to increase the faculty and will try to get clearance also for the government college in Raichur,” says Ramanand Shetty, Director of Medical Education.

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