MCI takes strict note of major lapses in the functioning of PIMS, denies admission for fresh batch of 150 MBBS students, failing which action would be taken
Jalandhar: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has denied permission to Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to conduct MBBS admissions for the current academic session 2016-17.
The MCI directives has not only put the future of the first ever MBBS batch at stake but it also came as a big blow to the expansion plans of PIMS. The PIMS authorities were eyeing to start Post Graduate course besides setting up other subsidiary medical educational departments.
In the MCI letter addressed to PIMS medical college Principal and Dean, it has been strictly mentioned that permission was denied for the 150 seats of MBBS for the current academic session. The letter was issued by MCI on May 15.
Daily Post was in possession of the MCI letter, which read: “The Central Government has recommended ‘not’ to renew the permission for admission of fresh batch (150 seats) of MBBS course at PIMS for academic year 2016-17. The Central government has decided to accept the recommendation of MCI.”
The letter further read that admission in next batch of MBBS students for the year 2017-18 would be made only after obtaining the permission of Central government. MCI authorities also mentioned strictly to PIMS that any admission made in this regard would be treated as ‘irregular’ and action will be taken as per the provisions of the MCI Act, 1956 and its regulations.
Notably, the current MBBS interns undergoing internship at PIMS was concerned over the fact that they would not be ineligible for admission into Post Graduate courses ahead. “The future of our children was at stake now. They have completed MBBS and their eligibility would be under scanner, if PIMS failed to admit new MBBS batch, as MCI recognition was must for the medical college from where they have studied”, said a group of parents.
Meanwhile, when contacted Director PIMS Kanwaljit Singh said that the day MCI came for inspection, a major portion of the front approach road (Garha Road) to hospital was dug up by the Municipal Corporation authorities for laying sewerage pipes. “This led to a steep downfall in the OPD in PIMS during the MCI inspection. The MCI authorities objected to the low turnout in the OPD, though we tried to explain it to them. As a result of this, the MCI authorities got annoyed and we were issued a notice”, he said.
The PIMS Director also said that the MCI authorities gave them a month’s time to comply with the requirements to be fulfilled. “The MCI’s one month period ended today. We have completed all the requirements and sent a draft of the same to them. Now, we were waiting for the next visit of the MCI officials”, he added.
Sources maintained that PIMS authorities were concerned over the major financial loss to the Medical college, if the MCI didn’t accept the compliance report. “It is a major cause of concern for PIMS, as not just the future of MBBS students but that of the PIMS functioning was also under question. But, we were hopeful of a positive turnout”, the PIMS Director maintained.
It is pertinent to mention here that it is not for the first time that the PIMS was denied admission of MBBS students by MCI. Recently, PIMS was under scanner for not giving stipend to Scheduled Castes (SC) MBBS interns. The issue has snowballed into a major controversy between the Punjab government and the Centre government, as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Union Minister Vijay Sampla were at war of words with each other. However, this issue was yet to be sorted out.
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