Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: There will be 350 less seats for un­der­grad­u­ate med­i­cal and den­tal cour­ses in Ma­ha­rash­tra this year af­ter Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia (MCI) banned three med­i­cal in­sti­tutes from ad­mit­ting stu­dents for 2018-19 aca­demic year.

“Two out of three in­sti­tutes had faced sim­i­lar trou­ble last year as well, but they had man­aged to make nec­es­sary struc­tural changes to se­cure MCI per­mis­sion be­fore ad­mis­sions this year. But it looks dif­fi­cult, so we are not in­clud­ing these in­sti­tutes in com­mon ad­mis­sions at all,” said Dr Pravin Shin­gare, di­rec­tor, Di­rec­torate of Med­i­cal Education and Re­search (DMER).

One of the col­leges barred from ad­mit­ting stu­dents is Vedan­taa In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences, Pal­ghar, state’s first pri­vate lim­ited med­i­cal col­lege.

“Not only has the in­sti­tute been banned from ad­mit­ting stu­dents in 2018-19, we’ve also heard that the in­sti­tute is be­ing dere­cog­nised by MCI. We are wor­ried about the fu­ture of our chil­dren as they were ad­mit­ted to the in­sti­tute last year,” said the fa­ther of one of the 147 stu­dents who are cur­rently fin­ish­ing first-year MBBS course at the in­sti­tute.

Vedan­taa spokesper­son re­fused to com­ment.

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