Fate of students of five state run medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh hangs in balance after notice from Medical Council of India (MCI) to either correct shortcomings or they may face de-recognition.
Medical colleges that have been served notices are JN Medical College (Aligarh), SN Medical College (Agra), GSVM Medical College Kanpur, MLN Medical College (Allahabad) and LLR Medical College (Meerut).
The shortcomings were pointed out during the surprise inspection by MCI teams on the basis of which notices were issued. Colleges got the notices on Tuesday.
Authorities in UP accepted that notices have been served but the MCI has also time to rectify the shortcomings, which will be put right.
“Yes. The MCI has pointed out shortcomings at several state run medical institutes. They are mostly related to faculty strength and we have started recruitment at colleges,” said Director General (Medical Education), Dr MC Sharma.
Apart from shortage of teaching staff the MCI teams pointed out shortage of lecture theatres, operation theatres and also separate buildings for each department.
UP has six State run medical colleges and a medical university that have among them over 800 MBBS seats. In the five-year course at least 4000 students are enrolled in these colleges at any given time. De-recognition will mean no degree from their respective colleges for these students.
When asked head of medical institutes claimed majority of the objections raised by the MCI team were out of confusion.
“MCI team came on a surprise visited and asked that all faculty members to come for attendance at once. They registered the doctors working in operations theatres as absentees. I hope this needs correction on their part,” Dr Ashraf Malik, principal of the JN Medical College told HT over the telephone.
Medical colleges were given repeated warning earlier too but this time the MCI has given an ultimatum to correct the shortcomings.
“Threat for de-recognising the post graduate degrees has been a common practice for lack of teaching staff. This is because teachers at government institutes are getting better offers from private sector,” said a senior official in the department of medical education.