Citing lack of infrastructure, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has rejected applications submitted by almost all the medical colleges in the state for starting postgraduate (PG) courses.
Medical colleges in both private and public sectors had submitted applications for starting PG courses in various subjects.
However, Cochin Medical College (CMC), which was recently taken over by the state government, has been given permission to start PG courses in five subjects -- general medicine (3 seats), microbiology, pediatrics, psychiatry and pathology with two seats for each course.
“It is learnt that the MCI rejected the applications citing lack of teachers and other facilities. As per norms, the number of PG seats should be proportional to the strength of faculty and other facilities,” CMC Medical Director Junaid Rahman said.
The MCI rejected applications submitted by Azeezia Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Meeyannoor in Kollam, and Kannur Medical College.
Both the private colleges had submitted applications for PG courses in nine subjects each.
All applications by government medical colleges in Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram were also rejected.
Kottayam Medical College had applied for seat enhancement in radiology and psychiatry departments and for MD in transfusion medicine and MS in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, had applied for DM in endocrinology and neonatology.
Of the five applications submitted by Government T D Medical College, Alappuzha, two were rejected, while three are under consideration.
Applications submitted by Government Medical College, Kozhikode, are also under consideration.
President of the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association Fazal Gafoor said college managements should have been granted more time to rectify their mistakes, if there were any.
“We understand that the MCI has accepted applications submitted by only a few medical colleges across the country,” he said.
Director of Medical Education, Kerala, V Geetha claimed that government medical colleges were offering maximum PG seats proportional to existing facilities.
“Government medical colleges are not facing any crisis with regard to strength of faculty. The reason for rejecting applications by other colleges might be lack of facilities. Facility does not mean qualified teachers alone. It includes other factors such as modern equipment and accommodation facilities,” she said.