The Medical Council of India has approved new medical colleges for the state of Jammu and Kashmir
The colleges will be established at Anantnag and Baramulla cities. The MCI will proceed to issue the Letter of Permission (LoP) for the new medical colleges. These colleges will be in taking the first batch of students from the current 2019-20 academic year. The move has been lauded by the student community who aspire to pursue medicine from these cities. However, it is to be noted that the institutions need to seek the approval from MCI for the medical courses they plan on introducing.
The MCI has already communicated to the Government Medical College of Anantnag and Baramulla that undertakings need to be provided from the heads of the respective colleges for the process of approval to be initiated. The Letter of Permission will be granted only after all the necessary permissions are obtained and the essential documents submitted. Each college can intake a total of 100 students each.
The two colleges plan on sending across the undertakings and the required letters in order to procure the LoP as soon as possible. Post the formal undertakings, the MCI will send across a formal letter for the commencement of operating of the medical courses. The conditions that MCI happens to seek in the undertaking are infrastructural facilities including teaching and non-teaching staff, college buildings/campus, equipment, and hospital facilities and so on. Until all of this is done, the colleges cannot admit any student.
According to an official mandate in practice, all colleges all over the country have to guarantee an allocation of 15% seats to all-India quota. However, the medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir are exempted from this rule. According to the MCI, the colleges have to fulfill all the compliance along with the provision of a bank guarantee. Both these colleges will be provided a total of three days to complete the required process.