Thiruvananthapuram

No admissions to new medical college this year

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Govt. unable to provide adequate facilities soon

The government has decided to defer MBBS admissions this year to the new medical college proposed to be set up in the capital by merging the General Hospital and the Women and Children Hospital at Thycaud here, as the government feels that adequate facilities and infrastructure cannot be readied within the timeframe stipulated by the Medical Council of India.

Promise to rectify

Even though the Central government and the Medical Council of India (MCI) had given sanction for 100 MBBS seats for which admission process could be commenced this year at the new medical college, the State government had to give an undertaking that the deficiencies in infrastructure and faculty requirement would be rectified within a specified time frame, before the admissions commenced.

Centre informed

“We have decided to inform the Centre and the MCI that it will not be possible for the government to fulfil all stipulated requirements within one month, by which time MBBS admissions for this year will commence. We have not dropped the project of the new medical college but at this point, our priority will be to strengthen the existing medical colleges and turn them into hubs of academic and professional excellence,” Health Minister K.K. Shylaja said.

She said the government intended to study the issues of new medical colleges and hold discussions several complaints were received from students, especially from Idukki medical college, about the lack of facilities in the institution.

“There are a lot of deficiencies in existing medical colleges and at this point our priority will be to develop these institutions. We will not be giving up the new posts already created at the proposed new medical colleges. We will have to discuss and decide how we will proceed about these posts,” Ms. Shylaja said.

KGMOA

Meanwhile, the Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) has welcomed the Government’s decision to defer admissions to the proposed new medical college in the capital.



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