The Medical Council of India (MCI) today gave its approval to an increase of 100 MBBS seats in SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. With the fresh sanction, the total number of MBBS seats in SCB has now increased to 250.
Earlier Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has requested Union health minister Harsh Vardhan to reconsider the Centre’s decision to slash the strength to 150.
Health secretary P K Mohapatra separately wrote to the Union health ministry, stating that most of the deficiencies pointed out by Medical Council of India (MCI) to the college have been met.
“The deficiencies pointed out by MCI are definitely going to be met within a period of six months,” the CM wrote while requesting reassessment of the Centre’s stance.
After an MCI inspection, the Union health ministry had decided not to allow admission in 100 of the 250 MBBS seats. The 100 seats were added to the college last year.
Family Welfare Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak informed that out of the 17 conditions laid down by MCI, the government had fulfilled 14 while promising to fulfill the other three conditions like a state of the art auditorium, lecture theatre and central library within six months.
The first phase counseling for admissions to undergraduate medical and dental courses in the state was over on July 3 with the final phase counseling scheduled for September 30.