Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh will not be able to add any new MBBS seats leaving many medical aspirants in the city disappointed. The Sector 32 GMCH along with the UT administration put in adequate effort to boost the number of UG medical seats to 150 from the previous 100 seats.
However, due to the on-going conflict between the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Punjab and Haryana High Court, their efforts went in vain. Contradicting the MCI rule regarding the appointment of NON-MBBS faculty as HOD (head of the department) of a medical college, the High Court has ruled in contravention. Dr. B. S. Chavan, Director Principal at GMCH, stated “Our prospectus for the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) entrance examination will mention 100 seats. This is the court’s decision and we must abide by it. Even if the MCI challenges it in the Supreme Court, the verdict will come long after the session has started.”
The GMCH had planned to increase the number of seats to 150 last year. The MCI had previously opposed the addition of new MBBS seats in the institute from 50 seats to 100 as NON-MBBS professors acted as HOD in Pharmacology & Anatomy departments. GMCH removed the teachers as head of departments for increasing the seats.