Goa to pursue PG seats case with MCI





A day after the Goa Medical College failed to get permission to convert the PG diploma seats to degree seats, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday said that medical superintendent Dr Shivanand Bandekar, who is also holding the charge as the GMC dean, will be sent to Delhi to pursue the matter with the Medical Council of India.

“I have spoken to Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda.  There are Supreme Court guidelines and certain rules and regulation… we are trying to work out a solution…, ”  Rane told media persons on the sidelines of a function held in Taleigao.

He said the government has decided to send Dr Bandekar to Delhi at the earliest to follow up the

matter with the MCI and the Union health ministry.

The MCI has approved upgradation of 684 postgraduate diploma courses from the academic session 2019-2020 in all the medical colleges in the country, which  had applied for the upgradation of postgraduate diploma seats to postgraduate degree seats.

However, Goa missed the golden opportunity due to  the then GMC dean Dr Pradeep Naik’s lethargy to respond to the offer of the Union health ministry for the upgradation of 26 diploma seats.

Having missed the deadline, the GMC authorities rushed the acceptance letter as late as February 21, 2019, when the cutoff date was January 25.

The chances of Goa getting approval for upgradation at present looks gloomy.