MCI renews MBBS seats of GMCs in Vid, with a rider

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2018 10:12:19


 

Staff Reporter,

IGGMC, Akola GMC intake maintained at 150 seats each

Chandrapur and Gondia GMC permitted to fill 100 seats each

Remove deficiencies within specified time or lose seats, warns MCI

SC endorses MCI’s role as regulator to fix parameters

Onus on Maharashtra Government to honour its undertaking to augment infrastructure

With great reluctance, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has finally agreed to maintain intake capacity of Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in Vidarbha, albeit with a rider to remove deficiencies within one month. The executive council of MCI in its resolution had recommended reduction of 50 MBBS seats each in the intake capacity of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) and Akola GMC citing some minor deficiencies in both the colleges.


However, in the light of High Court’s order dated April 4, the regulator decided to grant conditional permission for academic year 2018-19 by accepting undertaking of Secretary of Medical Education and Drugs Department to remove shortcomings within one month. IGGMC and Akola GMC’s intake was increased by 50 seats (from 100 to 150 MBBS seats) in 2013 as part of one time scheme of Centre to increase seats of GMCs which had completed 10 years. Sanctioned intake of IGGMC is 150 MBBS seats and every year MCI recommends reduction in seats, which are saved so far due to timely judicial intervention.


About Chandrapur and Gondia GMCs, the regulator recommended permission to fourth and third batch respectively of both the colleges with intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats.


The controversy over annual reduction in the intake of IGGMC and Akola GMC took a very serious turn this year after Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court deplored the MCI for its allegedly negative approach towards Government Medical Colleges in Vidarbha region. The High Court in its hard-hitting order had deprecated the MCI for flouting its order repeatedly and for its adamant and confrontationist approach through repeated decisions to reduce intake capacity of Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in Vidarbha region in clear defiance of the court verdicts.


The High Court had directed the MCI not to reduce seats of GMCs in Vidarbha region without its permission and had also directed Union Health Ministry not to accept such a recommendation made by MCI.
Treating decision of MCI to defy High Court’s order as contempt of court, a division bench headed by Justice Bhushan Gavai had issued contempt notice to MCI Chairperson seeking reply within one week.


The High Court had also rejected the feeble justification of the regulator that seat reduction recommendation was interim and subject to compliance report about removal of deficiencies, it may consider sending a positive report, while reminding the MCI that for all these years, it had challenged every order protecting interests of GMCs in Vidarbha region before the Supreme Court and each time, the Apex Court had rejected their special leave petitions. MCI had challenged the order before the Apex Court which initially stayed the contempt proceedings while directing Maharashtra Government to file a detailed compliance report about deficiencies pointed out by the MCI in Government run medical colleges and efforts to remove these shortcomings.


The MCI Executive Committee in its meeting held on February 23 had recommended the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry not to permit IGGMCH to avail its increased intake of 150 MBBS students on the ground that institution had failed to remove deficiencies pointed out by the MCI inspection team. MCI assessment report dated December 19, 2017, February 1-2, 2018, were placed before its Executive Committee’s meeting held on February 6. The Executive Committee of the MCI has also decided to ask the IGGMCH to remove the pointed out deficiencies and report compliance to MCI in a month from the date of communication of this directive to it.

SC raps State for not removing deficiencies

Supreme Court (SC), while stressing the need to improve infrastructure of GMCs, asked State Government to scrupulously follow directions issued by MCI to improve facilities and infrastructure in medical colleges including Government colleges and hospitals. At the same time, endeavour has to be made that such Government colleges and hospitals should not come to abrupt halt due to any such deficiencies, as observed by the High Court, the top court noted.


MCI claimed that it had made positive recommendation about intake of GMCs in Vidarbha region particularly IGGMC and Akola GMC, after which a division bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Uday Lalit set-aside directions and adverse observations made by High Court about non-reduction of seats and direction to Health Ministry not to accept such a recommendation made by regulator.
The regulatory/supervisory functions of MCI cannot be stopped, the Apex Court noted while reminding State Government about its duty to remove deficiencies within one month.

IGGMC deficiencies

Deficiency of faculty is 14.28 %

5 Static X-ray machines available against requirement of 6

Lecture Theater: 1 Lecture Theater is of flat type

Central library is not air-conditioned

Residential quarters for the faculty are not available in the campus

Other deficiencies as pointed out in the assessment report.

MCI’s decision


Executive Committee considered the compliance verification assessment report (17.04.2018) along with previous assessment reports (Feb 1 and 2, 2018) and a copy of order dated 04.04.2018 passed by the High Court decided to recommend to the Central Government not to recognise/approve Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur for the award of MBBS degree granted by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik against the increased intake i.e. from 100 to 150 seats u/s 11(2) of the IMC Act, 1956 and further decided that the Institute be asked to submit the compliance for rectification of the above deficiencies within 01 month for further consideration of the matter.


Further the Committee considering the undertaking of Secretary, Medical Education & Drugs Department, Govt. of Maharashtra, dated 26.04.2018 decided to recommend to the Central Government to renew the permission for admission of fresh batch of 100 to 150 seats at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur for the academic year 2018-2019.

Akola GMC

Deficiency of faculty is 12.23 %.

Shortage of Residents is 13.75 %.

MRD: Statistician is not available.

One Examination hall available against requirement of 2.

Hospital Lecture Theater is not of Gallery type.

MCI’s decision


The Executive Committee of the Council considered the compliance verification assessment report (16.04.2018) along with previous assessment report (Feb 8 and 9, 2018) and decided to recommend to the Central Government not to recognise/approve Govt. Medical College, Akola for the award of MBBS degree granted by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik against the increased intake i.e. from 100 to 150 seats u/s 11(2) of the IMC Act, 1956 and further decided that the Institute be asked to submit the compliance for rectification of the above deficiencies within 01 month for further consideration of the matter. However, in view of Undertaking of Secretary, Medical Education & Drugs Department, Government of Maharashtra, dated 26.04.2018, MCI decided to recommend to the Central Government to renew the permission for admission of fresh batch of 100-150 MBBS students at Government Medical College, Akola for the academic year 2018-2019.