Good news: Admission ban lifted from Palamu, Hazaribag med colleges

Ranchi: Decks have been cleared for admission in state owned Palamu and Hazaribag medical colleges after National Medical Commission agreed to lift its ban which was imposed last year citing resource crunch. State health minister Banna Gupta on Wednesday announced the removal of the ban in both the colleges stating that admission for 2021-22 session will commence soon.

Each of the two medical colleges has 100 seats. Another newly set up med college in Dumka, which also has 100 seats, was freed of the ban two months back.

Hailing the developments, Gupta said, “I have been regularly pursuing with the union health ministry to remove the ban citing importance of these colleges for our state, mainly for the medical aspirants in this tribal heartland. Even during health ministers conclave in Delhi last month, I had raised this matter. I am happy that we have been allowed to intake students once again.”

On the lapses, he said, “Government is actively working to address all the gaps in all the three medical colleges on priority basis.”

All three colleges were launched in 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, amid the covid-19 pandemic last year, National Medical Commission banned admissions for 2020-21 session, thereby  robbing the state of 300 MBBS seats. Chief minister Hemant Soren too had in November last year shot letters to centre demanding revoking of the ban.