Jalandhar: After a period of uncertainty, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday finally gave ‘permission’ to Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Jalandhar to admit fresh batch of 150 MBBS students for the current academic session 2016-17.
A public notice in this regard was put up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on its website on Tuesday evening. While the PIMS authorities heaved a sigh of relief, the MBBS degree of the maiden passing out batch would be valid.
Resident Director of PIMS, Dr Kanwaljit Singh said that after the official notice was put up by the ministry on its website and now they were waiting for the letter. “We are expecting to get the letter of approval from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare within a day or two”, he said.
Dr Kanwaljit said that though the approval got delayed but it would not have any effect on the admission process of the MBBS students. “Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot was yet to release the schedule of Punjab counseling which was awaited. The studies of MBBS students would not be affected”, he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Medical Council of India (MCI) had conducted inspection in the month of June, after which the PIMS management was hopeful of getting an approval. “We were confident and sure of getting the approval, as our last inspection went off very well”, he added.
Recently, the MCI had released a list of new medical colleges, which did not get the approval. The PIMS authorities had maintained that the MCI policy for existing medical colleges was to come up as per the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.
Notably, during its first round of inspection in the month of May, the PIMS medical college had not got permission to admit MBBS students. The MCI had then strictly issued a letter stating that if PIMS authorities conducted fresh MBBS admissions, they would be liable for action under MCI Act 1956.
The MCI team had raised objections over low turn out of the patients in the OPD and the less number of patients admitted in the wards. An ongoing work of sewerage laying on the approach road of the hospital has also irked the MCI team, which was completed later.
A leading tertiary hospital of the doaba belt, PIMS was started by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for providing affordable and quality medical facilities. The first ever MBBS batch took off in the year 2011 and the students, after completing their internship would pass out in December this year.
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