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9 of 150 medical colleges initially under scanner continue to be barred from admitting students

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In the current MBBS batch (2023-2024), 9 colleges with a total of 1,500 seats are debarred from admitting students. These colleges, all of which are private or run by trusts, have faced issues related to non-cooperation and misbehavior from the assessment team. Among these institutions, two are from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka each, while one each is from Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar.

Medical Colleges barred from admitting students

Earlier this year, the issue came to focus when the National Medical Commission (NMC) de-recognized or sent notices to 150 colleges due to various problems such as insufficient patients and staff, and failure to implement the new camera and biometric attendance-based system. Many of these colleges have been re-recognized after appealing to the NMC or health ministry and addressing minor deficiencies. For example, some colleges had temporarily stopped using the biometric system for marking presence due to Covid-19, while others faced a shortage of faculty members.

The NMC is currently working on implementing a new program of continuous monitoring of medical colleges through cameras, Aadhaar-based biometric attendance, and hospital health system management data. Major deficiencies were found at some colleges, leading to their disqualification from admitting students for the current batch.

Although previously admitted students will not be penalized, medical colleges that manage to rectify their deficiencies by the fourth round of counseling on September 21 will still not be allowed to admit students for the current session. On a positive note, this is the first time that over 1 lakh MBBS seats are available across government and private colleges in the country, a notable increase from the 53,000 available seats in 2014.