Keeping 100 MBBS seats at GMCH-32 hits roadblock

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2015 08:39 IST

Retaining 100 MBBS seats for the coming session at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32 (GMCH-32) has run into rough weather, with the Medical Council of India (MCI) asking the college to remove faculty members below the level of professor from the post of department head.
The MCI inspects the institute every year to determine the number of seats that its college should have. The number of seats, which was 50 until the 2012-13 session, was increased to 100 for the subsequent two sessions.

However, this year the number of seats has an uncertain future, with the MCI raising various objections in the recent inspection.

Sources in the GMCH-32 said MCI had clearly conveyed the college that it wouldn't be allowed to increase the seats from 50 to 100 until they got senior faculty members as head of the departments.
In such a scenario, there seems to be no way out for the college administration since two departments, including pharmacology and anatomy, are being headed by Dr Rajiv Sharma and Dr Mahesh K Sharma, respectively. Both of them are associate professors.

While earlier these departments were being headed by professors, they were removed from the posts last month.

When contacted, Dr Atul Sachdev, director-principal of GMCH-32, said they were trying to find a solution for the problem and would make every effort to get 100 MBBS seats.

Amid its various concerns, the MCI team found that the lecture theatre and college library were small, and common rooms for boys and girls did not have attached toilets. Some issues related to boys' hostel were also raised. These included availability of accommodation for only 163 students against the requirement of 225. Besides, there was shortage of 15 beds in skin department.

Significantly, in its first inspection held in December, the MCI had already rejected the permission to allow 100 MBBS seats to the college.

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