Bengaluru: This is indeed a strange situation! Last year the state medical education department shifted 120 students, who were admitted through the KEA and COMEDK in the Sridevi Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), Tumakuru to 14 other colleges as the college's permit was not renewed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) after a long legal battle. These 120 students are attending first year MBBS classes again this year.
But interestingly SIMS has now been given permission to admit students for first year MBBS course for the academic year 2016-17.
According to the sources in the state medical education department, in the academic year 2015-16, the college had admitted 150 students for the first year MBBS course. But in the middle of the academic year, first year MBBS classes were suspended following the MCI’s directive.
These students were later rehabilitated in other medical colleges through this year's KEA CET and COMEDK UGET seat allotment process. Students and parents were upset as they lost a precious year, besides the extra fees they had paid to the college at the time of admission to the first year MBBS.
According to sources, now the college has been given the green signal by the Union Health Ministry for the 2016-17 batch. “On one side we have 120 students who have a lost a year. Assuming that the college would not get permission for admission this year too, we arranged alternative seats for them in other medical colleges. Students were very stressed as they had lost a year. Amidst all this, the college has now got permission to admit a fresh batch of students this year." explained an officer.
The 60 students who were admitted under the government quota through the KEA last year were allotted seats in Chamarajnagar, Gadag, Karwar and Kodagu government medical colleges. Each college is allotted 15 students each. The 60 students who were admitted under the COMEDK All-India quota last year were admitted in colleges like KIMS, Bengaluru, M.S. Ramaiah, Bengaluru, AIMS, Hassan, Basaveshwar, Bagalkot, Ambedkar, Bengaluru,etc.