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The news regarding undergraduate medical studies in India is again in controversy. Union health ministry has banned 32 private medical colleges from admitting students for two years, overruling a Supreme Court panel that had cleared their alleged substandard facilities.
In May 2016, the Supreme Court appointed a three-member Oversight Committee (OC), to check alleged corruption in the MCI. By the time the court panel was constituted, the MCI had completed inspecting 109 new colleges and only allowed 17 colleges that had applied in 2016. However, the panel reviewed the MCI’s decision and permitted 34 more colleges to take in students which set the panel on a collision course with the MCI.
Furthermore, the panel allowed these colleges based on an “undertaking” from them that they will fulfill all criteria. It further said if they fail a fresh inspection the colleges will be banned for two years and they will forfeit their deposits.
Following the discrepancies in views between OC and MCI, a joint four-member inspection team visited these colleges and found them “grossly deficient in basic facilities”. Therefore MCI recommended banning of 32 medical colleges.
Furthermore, the union ministry has forfeited the medical colleges’ security deposit of Rs 2 crore each. However, it has allowed 4,000 undergraduate students to continue studying at these institutes.
Most of the private colleges called this ban discriminatory and illegal.
The banned medical colleges are: RKDF Medical College Hospital & Research Center, Bhopal, Abdul Waheed Educational and Charitable Trust, Mirzapur, Saraswati Educational Charitable Trust, Lucknow, Royal Medical Trust, Palakkad, Advanced Medical Science and Educational Society, Mount Zion Medical College, Kerala, P.K. Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Palakkad, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research, Talegaon, K.D Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Mathura, Viswabharathi Medical College, Kurnool, Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Hospital, Tumkur, Kannur Medical College, Kerala, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Latur, Karnataka by Akash Education & Development Trust, Karnataka, Ananta Charitable Educational Society, Udaipur, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Al-Ameen Medical College & Hospital, Bijapur, Al-Azhar Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital, Thodupuzha, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Hyderabad, Srinivasa Educational Academy, Chittoor, Sambharam Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Bangalore, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, Shri Gangajali Education Society, Bhilai, G.C.R.G Memorial Trust, Lucknow, Maharaja Agrasen Medical College, Aghroha, RVM Charitable Trust, Karimnagar, Aastha Foundation for Education Society, Indore, Shiksha Prachar Evam Prasar Samiti, Guna and Shanti Devi Charitable Trust, Panipat.
Source: Hindustan Times
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