Uncertainty over medical seats

Karnataka colleges await MCI decision on renewal of recognition

“The MCI which met on Thursday will meet again on June 21 to take a decision in this regard,” sources in the organisation told Deccan Herald. Like Karnataka, many states have approached the council seeking clarification on renewal of recognition as well as increase in intake of seats in medical colleges.  The MCI governing council headed by its chairman K K Talwar will meet next week and address all these issues” sources said.

“If the Karnataka government goes ahead with its decision to start CET counselling for medical seats from June 20, it will definitely miss those 700 seats,” they added.
A senior State government official told Deccan Herald that regardless of the MCI decision, the first round of CET counselling will begin on June 20 as per the calendar of events announced earlier.

During counselling, only existing seats will be offered to students. However, if the MCI announces its status about 700 seats, these will be included in the second round of counselling beginning August 4, sources said.

According to MCI regulations, medical colleges have to get permission every year to admit a new batch during its first five years of functioning. The five colleges in Karnataka which come under this category are Mandya, Hassan, Shimoga, Bidar and Raichur medical colleges with 100 seats each.

The colleges which have sought increase in intake are Bangalore Medical College (from 150 seats to 250 seats), Bellary Medical College (from 100 to 150 seats) and Mysore Medical College (from 100 to 150seats).

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