The eight postgraduate (PG) medical seats allotted to the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur (Patiala district) have lapsed, apparently due to the lethargic approach of the college management.
According to sources, after an inspection, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had approved MD/MS seats in surgery and anaesthesia (two each), orthopaedics, ENT, eye, and chest and TB (one seat each).
According to MCI norms, after the council’s approval, the college had to furnish bank guarantee worth 5.1 crore for starting these courses.
However, the college management failed to furnish the bank guarantee, as a consequence of which the seats lapsed. Thus, medical graduates from Punjab have been denied the opportunity of taking admission to these seats for PG courses. Now, they would have to opt for higher studies in other states.
Sources in the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital revealed that the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, which is running the college and hospital, was hesitant to have the mandatory inspection by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences since there is an acute shortage of faculty in the college.
The management was reportedly apprehensive that in case a university team visited the college for inspection ahead of the admissions to PG courses, it could have detected the huge faculty crunch, which could have jeopardised even MBBS admissions.
When contacted, Dr VK Kapoor, dean of the academic council of the college, stated that due to a change in the management, the college could not furnish the bank guarantee.
“We are still hopeful that we will get the seats and are in process of furnishing the bank guarantee,” he said.
The development comes close on the heels of a change of guard in the college management more than a month ago. College principal Dr Jasbir Kaur was unceremoniously removed from the post a couple of weeks ago.
After that, a number of senior faculty members were given sack orders or termination of service notices, including the head of the radio-diagnostics department, Dr Bhardwaj, head of the plastic surgery department, Dr GP Singh, and a senior professor in the blood bank, Dr RS Shah.
The medical college and hospital started admissions in 2007 and was first granted temporary permission on July 13, 2007, for admitting 100 students in MBBS. In 2008 and 2009, it got permission to admit two more batches of 100 students each.