The latest decision of the Medical Council of India (MCI) pertaining to enhancement of upper limit of number of admissions in post and under graduate courses in medical colleges may prove a bonanza for Bihar.
As per the decision taken by the MCI at its general body meeting held in New Delhi on Wednesday, a medical college with a bed-capacity of over 1,000 can admit up to 250 students as against the existing 150 students. The college, however, is expected to fulfill other ancillary and teaching requirements.
Two of Bihar’s leading medical colleges, Patna Medical College Hospital and Darbhanga Medical College Hospital, amply qualify for the provision, provided they improve their infrastructure and meet the requirement of faculty members, nurses and paramedical staff.
The other four medical colleges at Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Nalanda Medical College Hospital can also derive benefit from the decision after creating provisions for more than 1,000 beds. Now, their bed strength is much less than the MCI mandated number.
The MCI member from the State, Dr Basant Singh, who was present at the general body meeting, said that the decision was taken keeping in view the urgent need of doctors in Bihar and some other states in the country.
Another decision of the MCI to increase the teacher-students ratio from 1:1 to 1:2 in post-graduate courses would create more seats for PG students in the State’s existing medical colleges. Now, a professor can guide two students instead of one. The decision would straightway double the PG seats, said Singh.
“The government is only required to send a list of teachers (professors and associate professors) to the MCI for availing the benefit,” he added.
At present, Bihar faces a huge scarcity of PG degree holders, as the State’s only two medical colleges, PMCH and DMCH, provide courses in PG. The decision would provide a breather to the health department.
The other decision of the MCI, which would largely benefit the State, is the relaxation in the minimum requirement of land for opening new medical colleges from 25 acres to 20 acres. Several private parties, willing to set up medical colleges, could not do so in the absence of required land. Now, with the relaxed rules, they could open medical colleges, said another MCI member Dr Sahajanand Prasad Singh.