Punjab runs risk of losing 250 MBBS seats as Gian Sagar, Chintpurni medical colleges stare at closure.


Punjab is set to lose 250 MBBS seats in the coming session as the fate of Gian Sagar Medical College at Banur near Patiala and Chintpurni Medical College near Pathankot hang in the balance.

Punjab has 1,375 undergraduate medical seats in three government medical colleges and six private ones, all affiliated to the Faridkot-based Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, besides a private medical university in Bathinda (see box).

Of them, Gian Sagar Medical College with 100 MBBS seats has been served a show-cause notice by the Punjab government for financial mismanagement. The deadline for it to reply to the notice ends on Monday. A final decision is expected after that.

Punjab National Bank took symbolic possession of the college on Tuesday due to its failure of pay pending loan amounting to over Rs 45 crore.

Chintpurni Medical College with 150 MBBS seats has been in trouble ever since its inception in 2011. Its first batch of students was shifted on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2015. A similar petition of the second batch of students enrolled in 2014 is pending in the court.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday told the state medical education department to put the college on closure notice.

A senior official said the show-cause notice will be sent soon to Chintpurni Medical College for withdrawing government permissions, including the approval to run medical courses.

Loss for students

National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) trainer Dr Arvind Goyal said the shutting down of both colleges will be a huge loss for medical aspirants. “But I don’t blame the state government for their closure since they could not maintain the required infrastructure and academic standards to produce quality doctors over the years,” he said

Dr Goyal said it is better not to have colleges than leave medical students in the lurch due to mismanagement of colleges.

Dr Neena Singhal, a Patiala-based parent of a medical aspirant seeking admission in the coming session, said, “It is unfortunate to see the loss of so many medical seats in Punjab. These colleges should not have been allowed to run in the first place rather than de-recognising them later.”

To maintain the standard in medical education, the government should invest in new colleges besides monitoring colleges in private sector regularly, she said.

“The latest announcement of the Punjab government to start a medical college in Mohali with 100 seats is a welcome step,” Dr Goyal added.

Write your Comments on this Article

Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Konkanworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article. Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on Konkanworld.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request. Hence, sending offensive comments using Konkanworld.com will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Konkanworld.com be held responsible. Similarly, Konkanworld.com reserves the right to edit / block / delete the messages without notice any content received from readers.

  • Konkan World
  • Stay Connected
  • Facebook Google+ Twitter YouTube

KONKAN WORLD offers accurate, up-to-date, a large collection of videos from KONKAN WORLD VIDEOS and indulge in fun you will not find else where!.
© Copyright 2014 Konkanworld media Inc