MCI asks medical college to put admissions on hold

MCI asks medical college to put admissions on hold

Tells it to set right faults before taking in next batch

The Medical Council of India has directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Medical College to not admit the third batch of MBBS students till the college reviews certain deficiencies pointed out by the medical body.

The college is attached to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital and is affiliated to Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University. In an assessment report by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the executive committee has highlighted “faculty” and “infrastructural deficits” in the college. The MCI has also written to the Secretary, Health Ministry, about this.

However, the college administration is confident of securing permission for admitting a fresh batch of students for the current academic year.

“We will submit the compliance report on February 2,” said Dr D K Seth, Director, North Delhi Municipal Corporation Medical College. He said the college will reply point-wise to references made in the assessment report.

“No admission process will be hampered as it is only conducted between June and July,” he said.
According to the report, the medical college doesn’t have enough faculty members. There are not enough cadavers available at the institution. For 50 students, the college has only two cadavers, which is inadequate, the report added.

However, the college administration disputed this. “There are five cadavers in the college. A group of 10 students is required to work on one cadaver. We cannot keep all the cadavers lying outside. At the time of the surprise inspection, only two cadavers were there for students to work on,” said Dr Seth.

The college is now recruiting more teachers, Dr Seth said. “The process is already on for the vacant posts. We have received applications and the process would be rounded off soon,” Dr Seth added.
The review committee also mentioned a lack of journals, specimens for the pathology department, diagnostic equipment and accommodation for teaching and non-teaching staff.

The college authorities said this does not indicate deficiencies as they have more sophisticated equipment than what is mentioned in the MCI report.

The contractual workers are not eligible for availing accommodation. The residential quarters have been given to those eligible on the basis of need, the authorities said.

“Those eligible for residential quarters have been given so. There is no infrastructural deficit either,” Dr Seth added.