MCI recommends two-year freeze of admission in Laxman Seth's college
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended the Centre that the ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Haldia should be debarred from admitting candidates for MBBS course for the next two academic years for its failure to provide the required infrastructure despite an undertaking given by the private medical college authorities last year.
The private medical college which is run by an NGO associated with Laxman Seth, suspended CPI(M) MP, is in a real trouble after the decision of the MCI. The recommendation was made by the Executive Committee of the MCI as per the direction of the Oversight Committee (OC) that had given permission to admit undergraduate medical students for the academic year of 2016-17 last year after the college authorities had given an undertaking saying that they would meet the prerequisite infrastructure. The college authorities also submitted bank guarantees and affidavits to ensure the admission of students for last year.
This time, the OC had directed the MCI to take steps against the private hospital authorities. OC was set up by the Supreme Court to monitor the functioning of the MCI.
Last year, the MCI did not allow this private medical college to admit candidates but the OC had given them permission after the ICARE authorities had submitted bank guarantees saying that it would fulfill the requisite parameters. But nothing was done by the private medical college. During a recent visit, a team from the MCI found that there was lot of infrastructural lapses in this private hospital.
As per the recommendations of the MCI, the private medical college would not be able to admit candidates for 100 MBBS seats for 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. Altogether, around 400 students who were pursuing their MBBS course in different stages are anxious about the future thinking if the decision would have an impact on their future.
The MCI representatives in their recent visit to ICARE found a number of infrastructural lapses. According to their observation, there were only eight major operations on the day of the assessment. Only two patients each in SICU, NICU, PICU were admitted on the day of assessment. Three radiodiagnosis departments and four Static X-ray machines were available against the required five for each. There were two USG machines available against the requirement of three. Available hostel accommodation was also found less than required. Study rooms do not have computer with Internet facilities and it is not air-conditioned. For nurses, hostel accommodation is for 44 against the required 48.
Available hostel accommodation was also found less than required. Study rooms do not have computer with Internet facilities and it is not air-conditioned. For nurses, hostel accommodation is for 44 against the required 48.
Meanwhile, it may also be mentioned that the Executive Committee has decided to give further 15 days time for submission of compliance for further consideration of
recognition/approval of the college. The decision was conveyed to the Oversight Committee and the Central government.