Shimla: Medical Council of India (MCI) having downgraded the status of two state medical colleges and technical education authorities having questioned credentials of 16 engineering institutions, opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal today held the government responsible for not protecting the interest of meritorious students.
“Negligence by the state government has reduced the MBBS seats at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla (IGMC) and Tanda Medical College, Kangra (TMC) from 200 to 115 that has forced many meritorious students who have qualified the medical college entrance examinations to take admission in other states,” said Dhumal in a communiqué.
“The government has been found wanting, he said. The former chief minister mentioned that despite there being a Congress led UPA government in the centre, the then BJP government in the state had obtained permission to increase MBBS seats from 65 to 100 in IGMC and from 50 to 100 at TMC. Post graduate medical seats in the two medical colleges were increased from 39 to 149, he stated.
Asking the Virbhadra government to remove the deficiencies in infrastructure pointed out by MCI, Dhumal added providing adequate infrastructure is the states task and laying the blame at the central governments door was only a ploy to shirk for owning up responsibility.
With the state technical education department having revoked affiliation of 16 engineering institutes, just two days ago, the opposition leader accused the government of pandering to the interest of institutes outside the state for the students have been forced to take admission in them.
The government is playing with the interests of engineering students, he said. He alleged that last year also the government had imposed stiff conditions for admissions in the state technical institutions and this year affiliation of many institutions stands revoked. Whose interests are being protected and for whom are such policies being made,’ the opposition leader questioned?
On June 28, technical education minister GS Bali at a media conference at Dharamshala announced revoking of affiliation of 16 technical education institutions.
Of the 39 technical institutes in the state there are 24 in the private sector which had 7500 seats on offer. In the 15 government institutes there are only 2200 seats. The government decision has put the future of 4000 students at stake.
“Technical institutes have lowered education standards by violating norms laid down by the technical education board,” said Bali. The government would act strictly to improve quality of education for which grading system would be introduced after taking legal opinion into account, he added.