The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended to the Centre that it should not renew 260 undergraduate medical seats, of which 160 seats are in four government medical colleges, in Bihar.
If the Centre accepts MCI’s recommendations, Bihar will lose 160 out of the 950 available undergraduate (MBBS) seats in its nine government-run medical institutions. The reduction, if it actually happens, will be effective from the ensuing 2016-17 academic session.
The MCI has recommended the Centre that it should not renew its permission for admission of the fourth batch of MBBS students against the increased intake from 50 to 100 at Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Hospital (ANMMCH), Gaya, Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH), Muzaffarpur and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital (JLNMCH), Bhagalpur.
In the case of Darbhanga Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Darbhanga, the MCI recommended that the permission for intake from 90 to 100 should not be renewed.
The MCI, however, gave its consent to the private-run Katihar Medical College in Katihar to admit its fifth batch of MBBS students against increased intake from 60 to 100 for the 2016-17 academic session.
It has also decided not to renew the permission for admission of students to 100 MBBS seats of the fifth batch of the private Lord Buddha Koshi Medical College Hospital in Saharsa.
The decision of not recommending admission on increased seats at these medical institutes was taken at the MCI executive committee meeting held in New Delhi recently following extensive inspections of these institutions last year.
In case of Gaya’s ANMMCH, the MCI has said that there is a faculty deficiency of 36.73% against its maximum condonable limit of 10%. It also pointed to 88.13% shortage of residents and said that they did not stay on the hospital campus.
The MCI also pointed to deficiency in teaching beds, inadequate staff for registration counters, inadequate waiting area, unavailability of ECG room, minor operation theatre and common dressing room and injection room for male and female patients. It had listed out a total of 34 objections, some of which were advisories.
In case of the SKMCH, there was a deficiency of 22.5% in faculty and 32.2% shortage of residents. It also said that essential equipment like CT scan were out of order and examination-cum-treatment room, lecture theatre, audiometry and speech therapy, central research laboratory and the nurses’ hostel were not available.
The MCI said that in DMCH there was a deficiency of 21.83% in its faculty. It also objected to medical superintendent Dr SK Misra who has administrative experience of only five-and-a-half years against a requirement of 10 years.
The inspectors’ report also mentioned that the DMCH building had developed multiple cracks and was unsafe. It also objected to common registration counters for out-door (OPD) and in-patients (IPD) departments and saw a deficiency in teaching beds and common rooms for male and female patients for dressing and plaster.
The MCI found that there was a faculty deficiency of 27% in case of the JLNMCH and a 35% shortage of residents. The report also mentioned that examination rooms, as required, were not available in the OPD.
It also said that there was a shortage of lecture theatres – there are only two instead of three - and absence of separate examination hall, besides inadequate facilities in students and residents’ hostels and inadequate specimens in the pathology department.