PANAJI: After having failed to respond to the central government’s offer to upgrade 26 seats, dean of Goa Medical College (GMC) Dr Pradeep Naik Wednesday wrote to the central government stating that the state was ready to accept the offer.
The GMC had failed to apply before Union ministry for an upgrade of these seats for which the deadline was January 25, 2019.
“Based on the verbal instruction of Secretary Health J Ashok Kumar, I have submitted to the Union Health Ministry, application for all 26 seats, which include 22 recognised and 4 permitted seats,” said Dr Naik while speaking to this daily.
He said that the request for approval of the permitted seats may not be considered by the Union ministry. However, he said, that the state’s premier medical institute is confident that it will get the nod for the 22 recognised seats.
A senior officer in the health department said that special efforts are being made at the ministerial level to reach out to the central government and get the approval for the upgradation of the seats.
The officer also said that a file has been moved to the office of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who will take a final call on issuing a show-cause notice to the GMC dean for his lethargy to respond to the offer of the Union Health Ministry for upgradation of the postgraduate diploma courses to postgraduate degree courses.