For nearly two decades now, the privately-run Dr DY Patil Medical College in Navi Mumbai has been using health facilities at BMC hospitals without honouring its word of offering services in return.
Dr DY Patil, president of the medical college, who is also the governor of Bihar, had written a letter to the then mayor of Mumbai, Diwakar Raote, dated August 9, 1991, making a host of promises in return for using facilities at BMC-run Rajawadi and Kurla Bhabha hospitals for its medical students. However, none of the promises made by Dr Patil in the letter, be it for the welfare of underprivileged students in BMC schools, payment of licence fees or upgrade of infrastructure in civic hospitals, has been honoured. dna has a copy of the letter.
The letter states that as deemed in the contract signed between the BMC and Dr DY Patil Medical College, the latter has reserved a quota of 10 seats in the college for top performing students passing out of BMC schools. “Further, we are happy to state that, of the 10 students, the top 5 scorers in the higher secondary school certificate (HSC) or the twelfth standard exams will gain admission in the Dr DY Patil Medical College,” said Dr Patil, in the letter to Raote.
The college had signed the accord with the civic body in January 1992 to make use of BMC-run Rajawadi Hospital (544-bed) and Kurla Bhabha Hospital (276-bed) when it commenced offering medical courses. As per rules, a medical college has to have a 700-bed hospital attached for it to gain government approval to run medical courses.
In a show-cause notice served to the trustees of the college, Dr DY Patil, Ajeenkya Patil, Vijay Patil and Pushpalata Patil on October 11, 2013, the civic body has instructed the college to rectify breaches committed after signing the agreement. The notice observed that if the trustees failed to reply within 14 days, BMC would take steps to terminate the agreement and remove all medical students of Dr DY Patil Medical College who are training in the BMC-run hospitals. Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Ashwin Vyas said, “Till date, not a single top performer from the BMC schools has been provided a place in the college. If it honoured its commitment, then over a hundred underprivileged students would have benefitted from free medical education.”
Despite repeated attempts to contact Vijay Patil and Ajeenkya Patil, they remained unavailable for comment.