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Odisha: SCB Medical College retains increased MBBS seats

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Cuttack: One of Odisha’s oldest and premier medical college and hospital here has been allowed to admit more undergraduates from next academic session.

SCB Medical College and Hospital has been granted permission to increase student intake by 100 threby increasing the MBBS seats to 250.

The Executive Committee of the Medical Council of India considered assessment reports and decided to recommend to the Central government for recognition/approval of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack for award of MBBS degree granted by Utkal University against the increased intake from 150 to 250 seats, Union Health and Family Welfare Secretary said in a communiqué.

The permission has been granted for five years, it added.

The recommendations were approved by the Oversight Committee.

As per MCI guidelines, the medical college that seeks enhancement of undergraduate seats would be subject to scrutiny every year for five years to check whether the infrastructure and annual targets fixed by the Council are maintained.

Earlier this year, MCI teams had visited the government-run facility twice to to review healthcare facilities and its infrastructure.

In 2013, MBBS seats in SCB were increased from 150 to 250. However, the MCI team had expressed displeasure during their visit last year and was under threat to lose the enhanced seats. The body had made adverse remarks for which the authorities had to submit compliance report to retain the hiked seats.

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