The Medical Council of India is still waiting for details on 12,000 students from 97 colleges across the country.
Nearly a month after medical colleges completed admission formalities for undergraduate medical (MBBS) course on August 31, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is still waiting for details on 12,000 students from 97 colleges across the country.
Repeated reminders from the MCI to these colleges have failed to evoke any response.
The MCI mandates sharing admission-related details so that it can check compliance.
The delay from colleges in sending information assumes significance in the wake of the medical education regulator cancelling admission of 778 MBBS students — all in their second year of the course — in various private colleges in Puducherry after a probe found their colleges had not complied with the counselling process.
“Had the irregularities been identified in 2016 itself, at least these candidates could have appeared in NEET in 2017 and sought admission afresh,” says Thiru M Narayanassamy, president, Puducherry All Centac Students Parents Association.
An MCI source said, “Often, colleges admit students beyond their permitted capacity or admission date or in violation of other norms. If the colleges don’t submit details on time, the ultimate sufferer is the candidate.”
“There are about 460 colleges with about 65,000 seats. There are procedural delays in MCI as well but if the colleges comply with the guidelines, it will make our job easy,” the source added.