Medical Council of India recommended approval for Government Medical college Manjeri for awarding MBBS degree.
The board of governors of the council has handed over its recommendation to ministry of health and family welfare and the ministry is expected to issue a notification regarding the approval soon. In the recommendation letter, MCI says that the recognition is being granted for a maximum period of five years.
In November last year the college had approached MCI , after MCI reversed its decision to grant approval in September 2018, as the authorities did not take any major initiative to arrange infrastructure facilities including facilities for students and staff at the college.
As MCI denied approval for the course citing shortage of infrastructure facilities, the college authorities had started efforts to take corrective measures to get approval. The fresh application seeking approval was submitted to MCI, as the construction works of various buildings including hostel buildings were started.
In March 2018 a team of MCI team had conducted two-day long inspection at the medical college, as part of the procedures to grand approval for the MBBS course. After the inspection, the team had expressed dissatisfaction over the infrastructure and other academic facilities of the college and the team had also recommended MCI not to grant approval.
Lack of facilities in causality section, shortage of nursing staff, shortage of hostel facilities for students and inadequate facilities in surgery wing of the hospital etc were the major issues cited by the inspection team. But, in May, 2018, after the intervention from the part of state health authorities, MCI recommended government to grant approval, on the condition that the college will have to take corrective measures.
Principal Dr M P Shashi said that MCI team which conducted a final visit on March 13 had expressed satisfaction over the facilities arranged in the college. “We are happy that the council decided to grant approval and it is a huge sigh of relief to students and college authorities”, he said. – The Times of India