Kolkata: In an unprecedented incident, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has asked Midnapore Medical College (MMCH) and Hospital to debar 30 students who were admitted to MBBS course in the 2016-17 academic session after the college authorities allegedly failed to furnish documents pertaining to their admission.
The incident has not only left these medical students shocked but they are also concerned regarding their future. In its executive committee meeting recently held in Delhi, the highest regulating body decided to debar these seats. According to the MCI, the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital did not furnish the documents relating to the admission of these candidates.
The Executive Committee of the MCI has directed the medical college authorities to issue discharge notice to these 30 students. It may be mentioned here that the Executive Committee did not approve the recommendations of the Monitoring Sub-Committee and noted that enough opportunities have been given to the college authorities to provide information.
As per norms of the MCI, all the medical colleges in the state have to furnish the information of all the students who have secured admission in the undergraduate medical course.
The information that the college authorities are supposed to share with the MCI are the percentage/percentile of marks a medical candidate has secured in the entrance examination, and the marks the candidate had received in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in the XII standard examination.
It was alleged that Midnapore Medical College and Hospital authorities did not submit the information of these students. Following the MCI instruction, the medical colleges started sending information relating to the candidates from 2012. The MCI has further directed the medical college authorities to submit compliance within one week.
According to the norms, a general candidate has to secure 50 percentile marks in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), whereas the minimum pre-requisite marks for the reserved category students are 40 percentile.
A student, who is currently pursuing his MBBS course and is among the list of candidates who might face the debarment, expressed concern over what would happen to them if the MCI cancels their candidature. He also raised questions on why the college authorities have not submitted the required documents. The college officials were however unavailable for comment.