The recent rejection by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase seats in the MD course at the government medical college in Patiala has raised questions over lack of professionalism among senior doctors in improving the academics in the Rajindera medical college.
Besides no proper infrastructure for research activities, the postgraduate medical education committee (PMEC) in its reports exposed poor research carried by faculty members of different departments in the past years.
In a setback to the Rajindera medical college, the MCI refused to give its nod to increase seats in biochemistry, forensic medicine, pathology, pharmacology, general medicine, anaesthesia, radio-diagnosis, forensic medicine and dermatology, venereology and leprosy (DVL) departments.
However, the Rajindera medical college had proposed 72 more seats in different 16 departments to add to the existing 133. The result of remaining eight departments is withheld by the MCI authorities.
The lack of professionalism among senior doctors could be gauged from the fact that in its report, the PMEC has clearly mentioned that no Indian and foreign journals are available in above named departments for the more than one year.
The PMEC came up with the facts that there are only 24 books in the DVL department, while the pharmacology department has only 70 books in its kitty. It has been also pointed out that majority of the books in the central library were old.
It also came to notice that PG teaching activities like case discussion, journal club and dermatopathology sessions are not regularly conducted.
Working of the doctors under scanner
Interestingly, citing shortage of faculty, doctors at the hospital has already been demanding rise in retirement age from 62 to 65 but the fact it that there has been hardly any important research and publication which carried out by senior doctors working in the hospital in the past two years.
As many as 28 senior medical doctors are going to retire in coming two years.
"Only fresh brains can save the hospital from deteriorating research work. The research in our times was best and acclaimed at national level. Though giving extension or not is in government hands but the authorities should come up with plans to carry out fresh recruitment of teaching faculty in medical colleges at the earliest for the future of students", said one of the former principals of medical college who wished not to be named.
Admitting lack of research over the years, principal of the college Dr KD Singh said that measures have been taken last week to end this sluggish culture among the faculty and students as well.
"We have already formed a research technical committee last week in which it has been made mandatory for the faculty to ensure paper presentation in some international and national level conference besides publication of research papers in indexed journals every year", Singh said.
"The promotions and other benefits would be given to only those teachers who will meet all the above guidelines", he said.
He said they have given targets to faculty of each department for the above purpose.
He further informed that a multi disciplinary research unit has also been sanctioned by the India Council of Medical Research for carrying out dedicated research and constructing central research centre. Around ` 5 crore has also been allocated for this purpose.