*MBBS seats in J&K touch 1100
JAMMU, Oct 23: Finally, after delay of over one year, Government Medical College (GMC) Doda has received nod of National Medical Commission (NMC) to start 1st batch of 100 MBBS students from the current academic session of 2020-21.
The Letter of Permission was though issued by NMC on October 15 but the Health & Medical Education (H&ME) Department, Jammu & Kashmir received it today. This is a major achievement for J&K H&ME Department as the GMC Doda was denied LoP last year on account of several deficiencies while four other GMCs of Kathua, Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla were given permission to start 1st batch of 100 MBBS students.
Sources told Excelsior that as the main campus of the GMC Doda is not yet ready, the H&ME Department had to submit an undertaking to NMC stating that the main campus of the college will be ready before start of 2nd academic session after which the LoP was issued.
Meanwhile, sources said that GMC Anantnag and GMC Baramulla have also got permission of NMC to admit second batch of 100 students. They said GMC Rajouri and GMC Kathua have already got permission for second batch with intake of 115 and 100 seats, respectively.
Speaking on the achievement, Financial Commissioner, H&ME Department, Atal Dulloo said with the NMC nod to start 1st batch of 100 MBBS students to GMC Doda and permission to admit 2nd batch of 100 MBBS students to GMCs Anantnag and Baramulla, the total MBBS seats in J&K have now been enhanced from 500 (2018-19) to 1100 (2020-21) and 50% of these seats shall be made available to female aspirants as per the MBBS Admission Policy of the UT.
On admission of 1st batch of MBBS students in GMC Doda, Dulloo said that the make shift arrangement for admission of students in GMC Doda to accommodate the Lecturer Theatres, Labs, Dissection Hall, Library, Museum, Faculty rooms, Administrative block etc have been made ready and is fully equipped and furnished to start the MBBS Classes in the current academic year.
He said that the main buildings of all the new Government Medical Colleges are in various stages of completion and shall be ready for use in the next few months.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, today expressed happiness over issuance of LoP to GMC Doda. “This calls for celebration in entire Chenab region. After #Kathua, GMC #Doda in J&K also granted permission to start 1st session of MBBS with 100 students from this year. Only Lok Sabha constituency in country, possibly, to get 3 Centrally funded Medical Colleges in 4 years,” Dr Singh tweeted this evening.