With NMC nod, Pune Medical College to admit 100 MBBS students this year
Pune: Giving the medical aspirants in Pune and nearby a big reason to celebrate, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has given its final nod to the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College, which would be run by the Pune Municipal Corporation.
In fact, after the NMC approval, the college has got the permission to admit a total number of 100 MBBS students from this academic year itself in December, adds Indian Express.
The nod from NMC comes after the PMC standing committee, PMC general body and the urban development ministry had already given clearance for the college.
Attached to the Kamla Nehru hospital and Naidu hospital in the city, the medical college would be the second government-run medical college in the city after B J Medical College.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that in August 2019, the PMC Standing Committee gave the approval to form a trust to run the medical college at Rs 622 crore. The college will be set up on a 10-acre plot and named after late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, officials said. There are 595 posts of doctors, nurses, and other necessary staff proposed for the college.
The apex medical body, NMC was supposed to visit the college in April 2021 in order to ensure that the college has proper medical infrastructure. However, due to the pandemic, the process of sending proposals got delayed which ultimately resulted in delay in the NMC visit as well.
After sending a proposal to NMC, the authorities formed a committee for monitoring the ground-level preparations for the college.
As per the latest media report by the Hindustan Times, recently, a central team visited the PMC and raised several objections. However, the Mayor along with the Municipal Commissioner then met the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and met all the requirements.
The post of Dean of the medical college has already been created and the interviews for appointing teaching staff have also been conducted. Recruitment for the rest of the staff would soon be done as well.
While commenting on the recent progress regarding the nod from NMC, Mayor Murlidhar Mohol told the Indian Express, "The National Medical Commission has given its nod for the medical college of PMC. To start with, 100 students would be given admission in this college in December this year."
"Lectures for the students will take place at Sanas school and practicals will be conducted at Kamla Nehru Hospital. The PMC will soon develop a separate building of the medical college in the premises of Naidu Hospital," said Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar.
Punekar News adds that the students' hostel will also be built at the Sanas ground. The daily further adds that the ruling party BJP is insisting to start this medical college from this year itself considering the impending Municipal elections.
The daily further mentions that the Mayor had earlier requested the Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis to meet Union Health Minister to request him to expedite the work. Accordingly, a meeting took place in last month in Delhi. At the meeting, the Union Health Minister was informed about the progress PMC has done and the improvements that have been done on the basis of the suggestions made by the central committee.
"The final approval has completed the journey of the medical college from concept to achievement. It is an important step towards enabling municipal health facilities. At the municipal level and especially till the final approval, major technical processes were on the way. Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, former Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and current Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, and the Maharashtra state government have been instrumental in this process. Many thanks from the people of Pune!", Mohol was quoted saying in a message by the daily.