NEW DELHI: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has unearthed a racket wherein medical colleges that had been denied permission to increase seats for various specialties or denied renewal of licence did so by claiming they had a letter of approval from the regulatory board.
It started from a medical college in Andhra Pradesh in July but over the last two months, sources said, multiple colleges have reported the same. In view of this, the NMC has now issued an order to colleges to follow information available on its website only.
“It has come to the notice of the Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) of NMC that several forged/fake letters have been issued to various colleges on behalf of Member/President, MARB whereas no such communications have been sent to the colleges in this regard. Taking cognisance of the above facts, all directorate of medical education of the states/UTs concerned are requested to fill the seats of Under-Graduate-MBBS and Postgraduate Broad Speciality and Super Speciality for the academic year 2023-24 only based on the information available on the website of National Medical Commission,” the NMC stated in its order issued on Friday.
On August 29, the NMC had issued another circular about a fake/forged letter of renewal of permission to Meenakshi Medical College, Kanchipuram. The same circular also talked about another fake/forged letter of permission to Santhiram Medical College, Kurnool for increase of seats in post-graduate courses including MS- ophthalmology, MD- General Medicine and MS ENT.
The NMC said a forged/fake letter had been issued to Meenakshi Medical College regarding renewal of permission for MBBS course for 4th batch on May 1 on behalf of Member/President, MARB whereas another three letters dated July 1, July 2 and July 13 were issued to Santhiram Medical College for increase of seats in MS- Ophthalmology. “lt is clarified that the above said letters have not been issued by the Member/President, MARB,” NMC added.

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