KARNATAKA

MCI team may inspect five new colleges next year

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The Medical Council of India (MCI) is likely to depute its team in February end or March first week of next year to the State to inspect the infrastructure available at new medical colleges proposed to be set up in Mandya, Bidar, Raichur, Hassan and Belgaum from next academic year.

Medical Education Minister Iqbal Ansari told presspersons here on Friday that the State Government had sent a request to the MCI to inspect the infrastructure to start medical colleges in five centres from next academic year and according to indications available, the MCI will be sending its team in February or March next year.

Mr. Ansari said the Government had not sent any proposal seeking permission to start the proposed medical colleges in Gulbarga and Karwar from next academic year and the same will be done in August next year before the deadline for submitting the new proposal to the MCI after getting the necessary financial sanction to create the infrastructure in these two centres and get official sanction for recruiting the teaching and non-teaching staff in the two colleges.

"Before submitting the proposal for starting the medical college in Gulbarga and Karwar, the State Government wants to create infrastructure and appoint teaching and non-teaching staff as per the MCI norms to avoid any embarrassment".

Mr. Ansari said as the State Government had provided the required fund and gave sanction for recruitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff in the proposed five medical colleges in Hassan, Mandya, Belgaum, Bidar and Raichur and the proposed staffing pattern in these new colleges have been submitted to the MCI.

By December or January the infrastructure will be ready in all five new medical colleges.

To a question, Mr. Ansari said that all the new medical colleges will be given autonomous status.

Intake

To another question, the Minister said the Government had not submitted any new proposal for increasing the intake in the postgraduate courses in government medical colleges or including new branches in the postgraduate courses now.