THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as reports are coming out that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has not given recognition for starting medical courses at the ESIC Medical College, Parippally, the government still hopes to get 100 medical seats this academic year with the Lodha Committee report yet to come out.
The recognition for starting the first MBBS batch at Parippally ESIC Medical College now rests with the Lodha Committee. The Lodha Committee report is not yet available and the issue of getting recognition or not will only be known after the report comes, said Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan.
Earlier, there were reports that the MCI had denied the State Government’s proposal for admitting 100 students at the Medical College. Lodha Committee, which was formed to oversee the functioning of the MCI, had given a second chance till June 22 to as many as 175 medical colleges for filing their representations after the MCI denied them permission.
Even though a second chance was received, it is alleged that the government had failed to make appointments and submit its documents to the Lodha Committee within the specific time. Moreover, the government, that expresses the hope of getting the recognition, is also alleged to have failed to appoint the required nurses at the Medical College.
Though Lodha Committee was to take a decision on July 23 on the new seats, it had extended the date to July 31 to take the final call. Though it failed to submit the documents within the given time, sources said that the government had filed all the documents and also filled the posts days ahead of the Committee taking a decision. It is in this context that the government hopes to get recognition to the 100 seats at ESIC Medical College as all documents have now been submitted.
Moreover, it is known that the Lodha Committee and the MCI had been asked not to stick on to the last date of submitting the documents but to consider that all documents had been submitted before the last date of taking any decision. Apart from this, the Union Health Minister is also known to have been asked to take a favourable decision.
Earlier, Health Minister K K Shylaja had said that the government had written to the Centre as well as the MCI for getting the 100 seats. She had noted that such a decision was taken so that the state did not lose the seats. Moreover, she had also said that the Government was all ready for starting the first MBBS course at the ESIC Medical College in the current academic year once permission was received.