SRINAGAR: The National Medical Commission has issued Letter of Intent (LOI) for 100 MBBS seats each for newly approved Government Medical College Handwara and Government Medical College Udhampur.

“The National Medical Commission issued a Letter of Intent for 100 seats for GMC Udhampur and 100 seats for GMC Handwara. It is a new fillip to Medical Education in the UT of J&K,” said an official of Health and Medical Education.

“I am directed to refer your application for Starting of New Medical at Government Medical College, Handwara under the University of Kashmir with annual intake of 100 MBBS students u/s 26(1)(a)(b) and 28(1)(2) and section 61(2) of the NMC Act, 2019 for the academic year 2023-24,”reads an official order issued by Member/President, Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) of NMC.

“The present proposal has been approved on the basis of an undertaking given by the Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir vide letter No. HD/Plan/5/2022-02 dated 21 March, 2023 that all the infrastructure facilities, teaching & non-teaching faculties will be provided in the Medical College by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir as per NMC norms. In view of the above approval of 100 MBBS seats, the Commission has decided to obtain undertaking/essential documents for issue of Letter of Permission for starting/increase in seats for the academic year 2023-24-,” it reads further.

“The applicant should provide all infrastructural facilities in terms of teaching and non-teaching staff. building, equipment and hospital facilities as per National Medical Commission norms. No student should be admitted in the above courses till the formal permission of the Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB),” reads the letter of intent.

“The Private Medical College should provide Bank Guarantee against establishment of new medical colleges with intake of number of MBBS seats (100) in favour of National Medical Commission, New Delhi valid for 05 years or till the course is recognised, whichever is later, from a nationalized/scheduled Bank in accordance with NMC norms. However, medical colleges/institutions governed by the State Govt. are required to furnish only an undertaking to provide funds in their budget till the facilities are fully provided as per time bound programme indicated by them. The Medical Colleges/ Institutions will provide undertaking to implement the decision regarding payment of stipend during the Internship of the UG students similar to UG sections of Govt. Medical Colleges in their State,” it states further.

“Action to grant formal permission of the Medical assessment & Rating Board (MARS) for increased intake/starting of the said course at your college will be initiated on receipt of appropriate bank guarantee, if applicable and undertaking/compliance letter fulfilling the conditions enumerated above. B The acceptance letter may be sent within 1 (one) week from the date of issue of this letter to enable the Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) to issue a Letter of Permission for the academic year 2023-24.” It States further.

Similarly, a Letter of Intent for 100 MBBS seats each for Government Medical College (GMC) Udhampur. (KNO)


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