The Ministry of Health, Government of India has denied refused permission to 140 medical colleges either commence new post graduate degree and diploma courses or to add more seats for their existing courses in 2018-19.
The Ministry of Health, Government of India had recently published a public notice stating that the rejection letters have already been despatched to the concerned colleges via post. This includes nine medical colleges from Tamil Nadu alone including four government colleges including Vellore Medical College, the Salem-based Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Theni Medical College, and Stanley Medical College in Chennai and SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Institute in Kancheepuram for MS (OBG) and MD (Paediatrics). These colleges in Tamil Nadu have been denied permission to commence a slew of courses including degrees in paediatrics, dermatology, general medicine, ophthalmology, anatomy and pathology.
In the neighbouring state of Puducherry, Vinayaka Mission's Medical College & Hospital in Karaikal for MD (General Medicine), MD (DVL) and MD (Radio-diagnosis) and Aarupadei Veedu Medical College & Hospital in Puducherry for MS (Otorhinolaryngology), MS (OBG), MD (General Medicine) and MD (Radio-Diagnosis).
In Karnataka, Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences for MD (Anatomy), MD (Physiology), MD (Biochemistry), MD (Pathology), MD (Microbiology), MD (Pharmacology), MD (Community Medicine) and MD (Forensic Medicine).
Quoting a senior Medical Council of India official as saying, a Times of India report said that the evaluation process has been reasonable this year. “We did not approve courses if the college did not have adequate faculty or infrastructure. While we understand that we cannot be stringent if more institutions want to run postgraduate and specialist courses, we decided we will not compromise on minimum standards.”
Tamil Nadu health department said it will add 101 postgraduate medical seats across 14 government medical colleges during the 2018 admission season, taking the total PG seats in the state to 1,585.
Tamil Nadu has been approved additional seats for Chennai-based hospitals Kilpauk Medical College (five seats in MD pathology) and Stanley Medical College (three seats in MD forensic medicine). Colleges in south TN — Thoothukudi Medical College (32), Tirunelveli Medical College (four) and Theni Medical College (11) — will get 47 seats in surgical and medical streams.
In the western region of the State, Coimbatore Medical College will get two seats, Salem three and Dharmapuri six. While Thiruchirappali will add 19 seats, Chengalpet will get 16 seats, according to the report.
The admission process for the academic year will begin in March this year with the sale of applications, Tamil Nadu Selection Committee Member Secretary Dr G Selvaraj said told the daily and added: “We are waiting for the National Board of Examination to send us the rank list for our state.”