Jalandhar: Uncertainty ruled Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) future, as the Medical Council of India (MCI) was yet to announce its decision over admitting fresh 150 MBBS students’ batch for the current academic session 2016-17.
PIMS admission process was already running behind schedule while the MBBS classes at various medical colleges across the state started from August 1.
The delay in admission at PIMS Medical College has not only put the future of fresh MBBS students at stake but also posed a trouble for the passing out students. The first ever batch of MBBS students was all set to pass out from PIMS in December this year.
While the PIMS management was still hopeful, sources maintained that the delay in getting approval would prove a trouble for the college and fresh MBBS students. “If MCI did not give approval, PIMS would not only witness a big financial setback but the passing out MBBS students future would also be in limbo. The degrees of the final year students would not be considered valid due to non-recognition of the PIMS Medical college,” sources said.
The MCI had conducted inspection in the month of June, after which PIMS management was hopeful of getting approval. However, it was still uncertain, if PIMS would get the final nod this time to set the ball rolling for future projects at the state of the art hospital.
Talking to Daily Post, Resident Director of PIMS Dr Kanwaljit Singh said that the MCI policy for the newly started medical colleges was different and the MCI policy for old medical colleges was separate. “Recently, the MCI released a list of new medical colleges, which did not get approval. For the existing colleges, the MCI policy was yet to come. We are hopeful of getting the final approval to admit fresh MBBS students,” he said.
The PIMS Resident Director also said that the last MCI inspection of PIMS went off very well. “The current MCI policy would come up as per the Lodha Committee recommendations and after a successful round of inspection, we are looking forward to a positive outcome,” he added.
Earlier, when the MCI team visited PIMS in May, they had given one month’s time to the authorities to overcome the shortcomings, failing which its future was at stake.
The MCI had issued a letter stating that if PIMS authorities conducted fresh MBBS admissions, they would be liable for action under MCI Act, 1956. In the letter, it was mentioned that the Central Government has recommended ‘not’ to renew the permission for admission of fresh batch of MBBS course at PIMS.
Meanwhile, during the previous inspection, the MCI team took objection to the poor turn out at the OPD and the less number of patients admitted in the wards.
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