Staff Correspondent

Admissions go on despite MCI’s move

Students and teachers express surprise over the MCI move to derecognise the MBBS course

KMC, Manipal, ranked among the top seven medical colleges in India by several surveys

MANGALORE: It was business as usual at the 53-year-old Kasturba Medical College (KMC), here on Wednesday. Parents along with their wards were busy completing the admission formalities for the first year of MBBS.

They were unmindful of the decision by the Medical Council of India to derecognise the MBBS course.

However, this did not deter students from seeking admission here. For them, it was the sheer reputation of these colleges, affiliated to Manipal University, which influenced their selection.

Strongly believing in this reputation was K.V. Subramanyam, branch manager of State Bank of Hyderabad, in Hyderabad.

Mr. Subramanyam had come to complete the admission formalities for his nephew, Swaroop A., who had secured a seat at KMC, Mangalore, under the NRI quota. “I have no qualms about having gone through with the admission despite the MCI move,” he told The Hindu.

Mr. Subramanyam added that he had cross-checked the credentials of the college with his relatives and old students of the college.

Terming the MCI decision as “bizarre”, he said there were medical colleges which hardly had any facilities worth mentioning. “But apparently such institutions are being recognised by the MCI,” he said.

Several students, who did not wish to be named, echoed his sentiments.

A senior faculty member here spoke about the MCI’s move to recognise colleges that did not have any facilities worth mentioning.

“The KMC institutions have been hailed by the State Government for the public-private participation mode in health delivery system,” he said.

Interestingly, KMC, Manipal, has been ranked among the top seven medical colleges of India by Outlook, The Week, CSR and India Today in 2008. This rating takes the pride of place on the home page of the university’s website

The college also claims to be the “top ranked university” having ISO 9001:2000 certification to its credit.