Durgapur News Desk, 01 September 2017: In a notification last month, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has not only cautioned the public about students being misled in MBBS admissions, but has also published a list of 67 Medical colleges of India that have not been granted permission by the MCI / Central Government for admitting students in MBBS for academic year 2017-18 and 2018-19. The list includes two from Durgapur; Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences and IQ-City Medical College.
While Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences has been debarred from admission for the academic year 2017-18 & 2018-19, IQ-City Medical College has not been permitted for admission for the academic year 2017-18.
Incidentally, IQ-City Medical College at Sovapur in Durgapur town has been admitting students for the MBBS course since 2013 and Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences situated at Rajbandh in Durgapur has been admitting students from last year only.
In November last year, the MCI team found several anomalies and failure in fulfilling the pre-requisite infrastructure in IQ City Medical College. The MCI pointed out that the deficiency of faculty is 15.90 percent and there is a shortage of resident doctors by 25.88 per cent. On the day of inspection by the MCI officials at this medical college, the numbers shown by the medical college were different from what was actually there in the medical college. Many patients were admitted with minor complaints like cough, cold, itching, and their case sheets were not even filled up. Even the bed occupancy did not match with the number that was submitted by the medical college. The MCI also found that the medical college also lacked Boys’ hostel, visitors’ room, AC study rooms with computer and Internet, and recreation room.
Based on these findings, the executive committee of Medical studies in India, the MCI recommended the Central government to take steps against IQ City Medical College. In May this year, the Union Health Ministry, debarred IQ City Medical College from taking admission in its MBBS course for the academic year 2017-18.
IQ City Medical College management appealed intervention of the Supreme Court and challenged the MCI findings. The Supreme Court asked union health minister to review its decision of not allowing MBBS admission for the academic year 2017-18.
On 29 August, the union health ministry informed the apex court that they the decision of debarment will continue. The next hearing in Supreme Court will take place on 5 September.
The health ministry notification puts into question on the fate of the aspiring doctors who are currently persuading MBBS course in both these medical colleges of Durgapur.