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first_imgNew Delhi, May 20 (PTI) The Central Information Commission has directed the Centre to undertake a “critical review” of allocation of hundreds of seats in medical colleges across the country over and above the sanctioned capacity.In a stern order, Information Commissioner Yashovardhan Azad said such allocation is creating an “uncertain future for the candidates” admitted against these seats. The comments of the Information Commissioner came on an RTI application from a medical student who wanted to know whether the MS Ophthalmology seat offered to her, out of the two seats at Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College in Bangalore was recognized by Medical Council of India. But no response was given to her following which she approached the Commission.Azad said it is also clear that most of the provisions and stipulations laid down under the various sections of the Medical Council of India (criteria for identification of students admitted in excess of admission capacity of medical colleges) regulations, 1997 are not being followed.”It is in public interest and in the interest of thousands of meritorious students that the Central Government and the MCI should direct the Medical Colleges to furnish the list of students admitted in excess of admission capacity for every Academic session to the MCI and then take immediate appropriate action,” Azad said.He said,” The Central Government and the MCI are also strongly advised to undertake a critical review of the hundreds of seats to various courses in Medical Colleges all over the country which have been allotted over and above the sanctioned capacity, thereby creating an uncertain future for the candidates admitted against these seats.”advertisementGiving a rap on the knuckles of the medical education regulator of the country, Azad said the MCI is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the highest standards of Medical Education in the Country.”It grants permission to new Medical Colleges and Courses as per well established norms. This responsibility of safeguarding the quality of the Medical Institutions in the country, therefore, does not end with merely giving permission for new colleges and courses but continues in ensuring that the standards are maintained throughout,” he said.PTI ABS GSN GSNlast_img