New Delhi: If the Health Ministry does not take any quick initiative, around 25, 000 MBBS seats may remain vacant this year. Private medical colleges have warned that if the common medical entrance examination is made mandatory for them, they will not admit even a single student in their college.

Around 60 percent of the MBBS doctors pass out from these private colleges. Representatives of private medical colleges across the country met on Tuesday and took a unanimous decision to oppose the common entrance test ambit on them.

According to Secretary, All India Private Medical College and Private University Welfare Association, Ahmed Ashfaq Karim, the level of medical education would drop in the country if the common entrance test is made mandatory.

“It will become difficult for students of economically weaker section from villages to take admission in colleges as this entrance will be conducted by the CBSE.  Many students pass Class XII board exam from various states,” he added.

He termed this test as unfavourable for Dalits, tribals and other backward classes.

The representatives of private medical colleges expressed their displeasure to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. According to them, despite playing a major role in medical education, the decision was taken without their consultation.

They said that even the Supreme Court maintained that colleges running without government’s aid have every right to take decision as per its own convenience.

Karim said that admissions in private colleges were taking place as per the Apex Court’s norms. There are around 41, 000 MBBS seats across the country out of which 25, 000 are in private colleges.

Recently, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had announced common entrance test for private and government colleges.

JPN/Bureau