Medical colleges of Karnataka hit the rough patch after the proposal to increase their intake or continue with their next batch of students was declined by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The state has cut down its number of MBBS seats by as much as 1,000.
In a meeting held by MCI with its executive committee members the applications sent by Karnataka’s colleges were rejected in the past few months. The names of the colleges are Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute and KIMS-Hubli, whose applications were denied. Though, BMCRI had asked for an increase in intake from 150 to 250 and MMCRI and KIMS had sought 50 more seats.
As per speculations, MCI is likely to shrink the number of seats to increase or retain the quality in medical colleges. Not only with Karnataka colleges, had MCI also opposed the institutions for uprising of the medical seats of other states like Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Some institutes such as ESIC Medical College in Gulbarga, did not get a nod to do so and the reason behind this was shortage of faculty along with some of the other problems. Another institute Subbaiah Institute of Medical sciences, Shimoga, was allowed to have only 150 seats for its new third batch.
This was the case for almost many colleges and the reason behind denial was mostly due to shortage of infrastructure and in some cases due to unavailability of proper faculty.