Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College, Pune has put their admission process on hold as the MUHS (Maharashtra University of Health Sciences) is investigating accusations of discrepancies against the college. However, the college is still waiting to respond to the accusations. The medical institute is operated by the STES (Sinhgad Technical Education Society) and is affiliated to the MUHS.  The Maharashtra medical college is currently awaiting recognition from the MCI (Medical Council of India) regarding the number of seats as well.

After MUHS Registrar Dr. K.D. Chavan organized a surprise inspection at Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College, the admission process was put on hold. In the report, the registrar stated, “…it is decided by the University to held admissions in abeyance it A.Y. 2019-20 till such time appropriate compliance is done by the college as well as degree is recognized by the Central Council for increased intake capacity and recognizing the PG seats. You are required to take necessary steps at your college level.”

The inspection was conducted after students and parents filed complaints regarding irregular classes and faults in management that resulted in major academic delays for the medical students. Dr. Chavan said “We have kept the admissions of the academic year 2019-20 on hold till official communication from college and recognition from MCI.”

The main reason for these irregularities is believed to be a lack of funds for the institute. Due to the financial crisis, most of the faculty members have submitted mass resignation due to non-payment of salaries. As a result the students have been left without any lectures or classes.

Due to inclement weather condition in the Kashmir Valley, many candidates could not make it to the NEET PG 2019 examination that was conducted by National Board of Examination (NBE) across the country including at Srinagar and Jammu centres. As such, the Board has decided to conduct separate examination for such candidates on a date and venue to be notified consequently.

There was complete closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and cancellation of flights too due to heavy snowfall. As such candidates based in the Kashmir Valley could not reach their allotted centres situated outside the valley.  Chief Secretary took up the case with Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department and Chairman, BoPEE wherein it was decided that State Government will report the issue to National Board of Examination.

In view of this situation, NBE changed the exam centres of about 25  andidates to Srinagar in the late evening hours of 5th January 2019. The affected candidates were requested to check the NBE and BOPEE websites for further details.  This will ensure that no candidates miss the examination in the due process. However, no other candidate from any other state or region for any other reason or condition shall be eligible for the exam.

This had brought a great relief to the candidates belonging to Kashmir Valley as now they will have the opportunity to appear the examination.