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Calcutta Medical College and Hospital will have 95 more seats in its MBBS course from the next academic session starting August.
The Medical Council of India sent the “letter of intent” approving the increase in the number of seats from 155 to 250 to the medical college on Monday.
“We received the letter of intent today. The admission process will start in July,” said principal Utpal Dutta.
The new academic session will start on August 1 and the admission procedure will have to be wrapped up by July 31, according to a Supreme Court verdict.
The council has also renewed its consent for the MBBS course at the College of Medicine and JNM Hospital in Kalyani, and KPC Medical College in Jadavpur, a private institute.
The nod for the three institutes followed a visit by council representatives on June 11.
The council had withheld the renewal of consent for the Kalyani medical college and the nod for the increase in the number of seats at Calcutta, NRS and RG Kar medical colleges after an inspection in March on the grounds of inadequate infrastructure.
The medical colleges had applied for a repeat visit, which the council conducted on June 11. The simultaneous checks at seven institutions were aimed at preventing “borrowing” of teachers to cover up teacher shortage.
Officials at NRS and RG Kar medical colleges said they had not received any letter from the council on Monday. The two colleges have 150 MBBS seats each and want to increase the count by 100.
“We are expecting a communication from the council on Tuesday,” said NRS superintendent L.K. Ghosh.
Sagar Dutta Hospital in Kamarhati, too, is yet to hear from the council on its plea for upgrade to medical college.
According to MCI rules, a medical college will undergo inspection every year for the first five years. This is the second year for the Kalyani medical college and third for KPC.
“We got permission to admit the second batch of students on June 25. Of the 100 MBBS seats, 85 will be filled up by students from the JEE merit list. The rest will go to students who have cracked the all-India entrance tests,” said Bhanu Ranjan Ghosh, the superintendent of the College of Medicine and JNM Hospital.
KPC Medical College, which has 150 seats, was inspected on May 26.
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