After being approved to start six new medical colleges, the Karnataka state government has approached the Medical Council of India (MCI) again seeking permission for three more at Chitradurga, Tumkur and Bagalkot. The government argues that it needs more medical colleges in order to increase the number of seats amidst high demand.
MCI has already approved the government’s plan to start six new institutes in Gulbarga, Koppa, Chamarajanagar, Gadag, Karwar and Kodagu. The colleges are yet to start functioning despite the fact that the admission process for academic year 2014-15 is already over.
Our objective is to have a medical college in every district. Next year, we will seek permission for three more colleges at Chikkaballapur, Haveri and Yadgir,” medical education minister Sharana Prakash Patil said on Tuesday, as reported by theTime of India.
When asked about the status quo in the existing colleges, Patil said that all medicals seats have been filled whereas there are still some vacant seats left in dental programs. “There will be another round of counseling for dental courses,” he added.
Earlier in the year, the government had agreed to the request of private college managements not to implement the
Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act 2006. The Act, seen
by many as the solution to get rid of malpractices in admission and fee fixation, may be implemented from 2015 after all the stakeholders of medical education in the state are duly consulted.
Referring to managements’ reservations towards the Act, Patil said: “They fear losing the government quota and an indiscriminate fee hike. We are trying to address both issues and help students. Once the Act comes into effect, the fee-fixation committee and admission-monitoring committee will be set up.”