The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has released a list of 26 colleges that have applied for opening undergraduate courses during the academic year 2015-16. These colleges were recommended in the list leaving behind proposals of five colleges who have been rejected for not filling the criteria needed to become eligible for getting permission.
Though the University administration has made it clear to the colleges that the operations for the undergraduate could not get started before the academic year 2016-17 as there are many procedures and permissions that needed to get cleared in the state and central level. The whole process could take at least another year. If all the colleges that has got recommended for the courses, there would be another 1300 seats that would get created in the state for medical students.
According to the Registrar of the University, Kashinath Garkal, the applications for the colleges for the new course could start from October 31 after notifications are issued from the university. He said that the colleges have to comply with the norms mentioned in the prospective plan according to the different parameters mentioned in them. The institution needs to get permission from both the central and state government officials that have independent heads at various posts, which could delay the process further and would make it impossible to begin from this academic year onwards.
The proposal again comes to MUHS for final consent. Officials recheck the facilities and infrastructure that was mentioned during the first application. An affiliation committee is set up to check the facts and the academic council approves it. It is only after this that the college can start functioning.
Among the 26 colleges that have been recommended, there are five medical colleges, one dental college, two each for Ayurveda, Bachelor of Paramedical Technology and Homeopathy colleges, six for physiotherapy and eight for nursing.