PUDUCHERRY: The Medical admission scam is raging in the UT once again with the Medical Council of India (MCI ) directing three private self financing medical colleges in Puducherry to discharge 161 MBBS students admitted in the colleges in the academic year 2017-2018 in violation of Graduate Medical Education (GME) Regulations, 1997. This comes close on the heels of MCI having cancelled the admission of 778 MBBS students admitted in seven private colleges last year (2016-2017) .
While 41 students are from Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital (SMVMCH), 94 are from Sri Venkateswara Medical college Hospital and Research Centre (SVMCHRC)and 26 from Pondicherry Institute of Medical sciences (PIMS) , as per the communication from MCI. However, Puducherry government had directed the colleges to comply with the discharge of only 105 students, with 41 in SMVMCH, 38 in SVMCRC and 26 in PIMS. The government of Puducherry has also communicated these instructions to Registrar of Pondicherry University and the Registrar of Tamilnadu State Medical council for information and necessary action.
The MCI's discharge action is on account of the fact that the list of the students furnished by the Colleges were not available in the list provided by CENTAC to MCI. In final round of counseling there were 96 vacancies to which the government called 960 students in the ratio of 1 : 10 . However, the Colleges have gone beyond the list of 960 students and admitted students, Dr K V Raman, Director of Health cum Director of Medical Education said.
With regard to the remaining 56 (55 under government quota and one under Management quota) in Sri Venkateswara Medical college Hospital and Research Centre, the government of Puducherry has felt that these students who were duly sponsored by CENTAC were erroneously recommended for discharge by MCI. The government of Puducherry has taken up the matter with MCI to withdraw action in respect of these 56 CENTAC sponsored students and the college has been advised not to discharge these candidates until further orders or communication from the MCI, said the Director.
The Health department has also appealed to these 56 students and their parents and guardians not to panic and also not fall prey to any rumours that may be spread in this regard.