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Rattled Govt mulls steps

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 11:39 IST

RATTLED BY the Medical Council of India (MCI)’s recommendation to withhold admissions to all five government medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh, including the MGM Medical College here, for the 2007-08 academic session, the Department of Medical Education today held a meeting at Bhopal for remedial measures.

Minister for Medical Education Ajay Vishnoi confirmed a meeting was held at Mantralaya in the evening but declined to divulge details saying it was a routine meeting.

However, Director (Medical Education) Dr V K Saini said, “We discussed what should be the course of action now.” “Apropos the deficiency of teaching staff, we have been trying our level best for the last three years.

We have already sent our recommendation to the State Government about regularising contractual employees, at least those who are with us for the last five years. Also, we have been putting up advertisements regularly but cannot find suitable candidates”.

“As regards, infrastructure, I think it is okay. There can be some lacunae but overall we are functioning in a proper manner since so many years. Like Indore’s college is being run since 1948,” Dr Saini, who is also the Dean of MGM Medical College Indore, said.

“We have called a meeting of all the deans on December 29. I have asked them to bring proposals under four main heads – infrastructure and construction, equipment and teaching staff. These we are hopeful would be included in the forthcoming budget and also in the Eleventh Plan”.

Gandhi Medical College (Bhopal) Dean Dr N K Saraswat also said that the deans’ meeting on December 29 would discuss all issues.

Meanwhile, MCI secretary Lt Col (Retd) Dr A R N Setalvad told Hindustan Times from New Delhi over telephone, “We have made recommendation to the Centre about de-recognition of the five government medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh.

Our job was just that. The final decision about de-recognition has to be taken by the Centre”. The MCI report, sent in mid-December to all concerned, had strongly pointed out deficiencies about teaching staff, infrastructure, equipment, hostels and other facilities at all five medical colleges, Dr Setalvad said.

Reportedly, the MCI has also asked the Centre not to allot any seats under the CPMT seats during the next session. As a follow-up of a Jabalpur High Court order, MCI teams had visited the five medical colleges between November 24 to 30 wherein, the visit at Indore was on November 28 and 29.

Minister for Medical Education, Director (Medical Education), deans of all five government medical colleges in the State and even the registrar of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) have all received a copy of the MCI report.