233 Medical seats surrendered by six Self-Financing Medical Colleges

On the eve of counselling by CENTAC beginning on Monday, 233 Medical seats have been surrendered by six self-financing medical colleges in the UT.

However, Lakshminarayanan Institute of Medical Sciences (LNIMS), which attained deemed status, is yet to surrender any seats out of the 150 in the college.

Though the total number of seats surrendered is less compared to previous year’s 311, five colleges have surrendered more seats than in the previous year.

According to a Health Secretariat communication to CENTAC, the two minority institutions of Puducherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI) have offered 33 (three more) and 50 (five more) seats respectively.

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Research Institute (SMVRI) has offered 55 seats (five more ), while the two deemed institutions of Vinayaga Mission Medical College and Arupadai Veedu Medical College have surrendered 20 seats each.

However, Venketes wara Medical College decreased its offer to 55 seats from 75 of the previous year. Though this non-minority institution had given an undertaking to the government to give 50 per cent seats out of 150 seats, it failed to comply with it in the current year.

The other college of LNIMS which also has given a similar undertaking to the government, so far has not responded.

Sources in the government said the Chief Minister was negotiating with the college and it was expected that some seats would be surrendered before the second round of counselling.

Out of the six colleges which surrendered seats, five have parted more seats than in the previous year. However, the total number of seats surrendered is less this year.

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