National Medical Commission cancels admissions to three private colleges in Telangana- Edexlive

After the National Medical Commission (NMC) rescinded admissions made to the UG and PG medical seats at three private medical colleges in Telangana, students at one of them – the MNR Medical College – rushed to the Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) looking for measures to protect their future.

Of the three colleges, MNR, located in Sangareddy, is the one that has been hit very hard by NMC’s cancellation of not only UG courses but also places in a few disciplines from PG courses. It was in courses like pathology, anatomy, ophthalmology and biochemistry that PG places were canceled at the MNR college.

The Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences, Vikarabad and the TRR Institute of Medical Sciences, Patancheru are the other two colleges in which seats have been revoked. In Mahavir, only PG seats were canceled while admissions made to second-year UG courses at the TRR Institute were cancelled.

Shocked by reports of canceled places, around 50 PG students from MNR Medical College attempted to meet with KNRHUS Vice-Chancellor Dr B Karunakar Reddy to seek assurances that their careers would be protected. Although the students requested the appointment, the VC refused to meet with them. The students then made a representation to the University Registrar, Dr Praveen Kumar, asking for action to resolve the seat cancellation issue.

When contacted, the Vice Chancellor said he had not received any communication from the NMC regarding the matter. “There are no guidelines or orders for us. Students don’t have to worry about their careers. If all seats are canceled, the state government will take care of students’ interests” , did he declare.

Students continue to worry about this disturbing development. A PG student from MRN Medical College, who did not want to be quoted, said the news came as a shock to him. “We have come here to meet with the VC for the assurance of protecting our careers. We will soon meet with Health Minister T Harish Rao and the KNRUHS VC,” he said.

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Speaking to Express, Telangana Junior Doctors Association (T-JUDA) Chairman N Karthik questioned the NMC on how they gave the admission clearance in the first place and the rationale he has now for the cancellation of seats. “I don’t understand how the NMC could cancel admissions without first issuing notices to colleges and the university,” he said. He demanded that the Telangana government address the issue and ensure that the students’ careers are not in jeopardy.

According to sources, the NMC had canceled the seats after carrying out surprise inspections of colleges across the country in March. Although admissions were made later in May, the NMC remained silent and has now canceled the seats.

The medical schools that took the hit are preparing to push to have the decision reversed. They also plan to take legal action. The NMC teams, in their inspections, would have found that the hospitals attached to these three colleges lacked the number of patients.

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