Thiruvananthapuram: Government medical colleges at Idukki and Konni will officially start admissions this year. Seeking permission to start the admission process, the medical education department has submitted application with National Medical Commission. In the application, the department sought permission to fill 100 seats each in the two colleges.
If the National Medical Commission approves the request after a detailed inspection, both colleges will start admission this year itself.
Both colleges have already received approval from the University of Health Sciences. At present, government and private colleges offer a total of 4105 MBBS seats in Kerala.
Meanwhile, some construction works are yet to be completed at the new medical college in Idukki.
Idukki Medical college was established during the UDF reign. Though the UDF government started admission in 50 seats at the college, the LDF government cancelled it after examining that essential facilities are not available. After cancelling the operation of the college, the students who took admission were shifted to Alappuzha medical college.
Following the efforts to get approval for Konni Govt. Medical College, the government has initiated action to convert Pathanamthitta general hospital as a hospital related to new medical college. 47 doctors in the general hospital were transferred to the medical college.
According to the medical education department, Pathanamthitta general hospital will be brought under Konni medical college as part of the central government project which aims to upgrade district and general hospitals to medical colleges. Earlier, Manjeri and Idukki hospitals were upgraded in this manner.
Meanwhile, Kerala Government Specialist Doctors’ Associations have come against the decision to upgrade Pathanamthitta general hospital.
"The medical college will only use the service of doctors in Pathanamthitta general hospital. All employees including the doctors will continue to work under the health department. Eligible doctors will be considered for the post of professor in the medical college," informed Medical Education department director A Ramlabeevi.