In an important development, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has barred the city-based Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences – a sister organisation of KIIT University - from admitting students for the two academic years – 2012-13 and 2013-14.

The two-year ban on admission is a blow to KIMS, which has already conducted entrance examination inviting students from and outside the State to take admission in the institute. The MCI has released the list of its recognised colleges in its website.

KIMS is the only college in the State which has been barred from admitting students. There are seven medical colleges operating in the State including three government-run medical colleges such as SCB Medical College, Cuttack, VSS Medical College, Burla, and MKCG Medical College, Berhampur.

Four privately-run medical colleges are KIMS, Bhubaneswar, Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), Bhubaneswar, and two medical colleges of Hi-Tech group in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. While IMS has been permitted by the MCI to take students for its 100 seats, Hi-Tech group, with 100 seats in Bhubaneswar, has been recognised for admitting students. Hi-Tech’s Rourkela college will be taking students for the first time from this academic season.

The MCI has adopted very stringent approach to any violation of rules or false information submitted by medical colleges ever since alleged bribery episode involving council’s former chief Ketan Desai came to the fore.

CBI recommendation

It is to be noted that the Central Bureau of Investigation had detected gross forgeries committed by KIMS to comply stringent MCI guidelines for offering MBBS programme. Moreover, the premier investigating agency had recommended the MCI to cancel recognition of the fourth batch of MBBS programme of KIMS. The CBI had even filed charge sheet against KIMS authorities on charges of hatching criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery.

Following CBI’s charge sheet, the State government had suspended seven government doctors who were hired by KIMS to impersonate as its staff before an inspecting MCI team. However, the exact reason behind MCI barring KIMS from admitting students for two academic sessions has not been ascertained. The MCI’s two-year ban on KIMS is a big jolt for the State government which had been encouraging private players to set up medical colleges across the State and help produce medical professionals.

  • The MCI decision is a blow to the institution

  • KIMS has already conducted an entrance examination