MCI nod for 100 more seats in SCB

Cuttack: In a major relief to the State Government, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended to increase MBBS seats from 150 to 250 at SCB Medical College and Hospital here. With this, the 2013-14 academic session can begin with the increased seats.

The news came as a joy to the aspirants, who were in utter dilemma over pursuing MBBS in the State’s premier institution.

“Of course it’s a great news for me and my parents. I hope my rank in the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) for undergraduate medical admission will help to fetch me a seat in SCB,” said a student.

The recommendation of the country’s apex body for medical education assumed significance as the State Government recently notified to start the online registration process for medical counselling.

"The students need to register themselves on the website www.odishajee.com between June 25 and July 7," state nodal officer for NEET-UG, Sitaram Mohapatra, said.

The counseling will be held in the third week of July.  
Though the Odisha Government had sent a proposal to the MCI for increase of 100 MBBS seats each in three state-run medical colleges this year, the apex body rejected the same citing several flaws.

The MCI assessment team during a recent visit has found the State’s oldest medical college is incapable of handling the increase in seats on account of major deficiencies in infrastructure, manpower, patient-care and academic facilities.

In the report it stated that the institution is beset with faculty shortage. The Board of Governors had taken serious note of lack of cleanliness and hygiene across the hospital and its departments.

On the academic front, the MCI had found that the medical college does not have adequate lecture theatre as well as examination hall-cum-auditorium.