NEW DELHI: The National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET) results were declared on Monday, with the overall intake of students lesser this year as the Centre had barred 82 medical colleges from taking admission due to non-fulfilment of various criteria.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had also prevented 68 new medical colleges, which had applied to begin admissions, from starting any academic activities.
Government officials said that 82 medical colleges—including 12 government and 70 private ones—were denied permission for renewal this year as they did not have the adequate infrastructure, faculty or patients.
The move would impact Uttar Pradesh the most as 15 medical colleges in the state have been denied permission to continue.
“This has been done as some of the shortcomings simply could not be overlooked,” said a senior health ministry official. “When the Medical Council of India (MCI) visited these colleges for inspection, the reports which were put out mentioned glaring inadequacies.”
This would mean that around 11,400 medical seats would not be open for admissions this year. In 2017, around 65,000 students had taken admission in government and private medical colleges across the country.
The development will only partly be offset by the opening of a few medical colleges—with intake capacity of 1,550 seats—and an additional 1,980 seats in existing medical colleges. The permissions for the new medical colleges and increased intake were granted last month.
Earlier this year, the government had approved plans to set up 24 new government-funded medical colleges by 2021-22, in addition to 58 medical colleges that were to be established and attached to district hospitals by 2019.
But the denial of permission for 68 new colleges-31 being government institutions-has raises the question of how the government would arrange faculty for the approved new colleges, experts pointed out.
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