Transfer MBBS Students Of World College Of Medical Sciences; HC directs state
Jhajjar: Issuing an order bringing much-awaited respite of 148 MBBS students at World College of Medical Sciences Research and Hospital, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the state government to transfer the medicos to other recognised medical colleges in Haryana.
The order is pursuant to the decision made by the Medical Council of India (MCI) where the apex medical regulator accorded its approval to the shifting of the students.
Last month, the Board of Governors noted that the Amma Chandravati Educational and Charitable Trust, New Delhi was granted Letter of Permission for establishment of new Medical College by the name World College of Medical Sciences and Research, Jhajjar in 2016-17 by the Central Government. The Medical College had failed to fulfil the minimum infrastructure, teaching faculty, residents clinical material and other physical facilities as mandated under the Statutory Regulations of the Council for the academic years 2017 -18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.
Medical Dialogues has been reporting about the case of the students wherein they pointed out that due to prevailing gross deficiencies at their medical college the Medical Council of India (MCI) had refused to grant renewal.
The medicos, who had taken admission through counselling conducted by Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, in 2016; stated that they are depressed over the fact that with the MCI's denial to the medical college, they are most likely to lose the recognition of their degrees.
The students alleged that the World Medical College did not only flout all the norms and guidelines for running medical colleges but on the contrary severe and serious defects had been found on the part of the institute during inspections being carried out by the apex medical council.
Consequently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare debarred the Medical College for two consecutive academic years i.e. 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, with a direction not to admit any student or conduct MBBS course. The said Order was challenged by the Medical College before the Supreme Court, by filing Writ Petition which was disposed of by the apex Court with direction to MCI to inspect the Medical College.
The medicos alleged that the Medical College, despite the Order, did not allow the inspection team of MCI to inspect the College on 2 occasions and therefore was denied permission to admit any students for the MBBS course even for the academic year 2018-2019.
"Resultantly, the third renewal has also been refused to the institute by the Board of Governors of MCI (MCI BoG) it means the college does not possess minimum requirements for the study of 3′ prof. year students too," the students had stated adding that the future MBBS students stand jeopardized.
Following this, the medicos had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2018 seeking their transfer to other well-equipped colleges.
Later, the High Court directed MCI to inspect the medical college and during the visit, the MCI once again noted that the Medical College manipulated the fake faculty and ghost patients were brought by them on payment just to fabricate and manipulate to show the compliance during the inspection, the students had told Medical Dialogues team. This resultantly met that the college was once again denied permission for 2019-20
With the medical college being denied permissions constantly, the MBBS students, seeing no resolution their way, had also resorted to an indefinite hunger strike urging the government to take action on the matter. Some of the students underwent critical condition and got hospitalized.
Then, the matter finally reached the government's court.
After several deliberations on the government level, the matter was considered during an MCI's meeting where the council decided that the Govt. of Haryana should follow the merit of NEET-2016 in adjusting these 148 students in the two Medical Colleges as under:-
1. First to adjust 52 students in MMIMSR, Mullana and 01 in SGT Medical College, Gurugram.
2. Second remaining 95 students to be divided between MMIMSR and SGT Medical College in a ratio of 47:48 respectively based on physical counselling.
Now, following the MCI's decision, the court has directed the state to shift the MBBS students, reports TOI.
"…as the state government is willing to take over the responsibility of 148 students admitted in the College and in discharge of that responsibility the said students would be shifted to other recognised institutes in the State of Haryana. However, the students cannot be shifted to a Government/Government Aided Medical College. They would be shifted to other recognised private Medical Colleges i.e. Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana and SGT Medical College, Gurugram."
The court directed the state government to consider reimbursing the students if the college the students are transferred to have a higher fee structure.