When the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) do not have any issue with the Aryabhatt Knowledge University (AKU), why should the Medical Council of India (MCI) have trouble in recognising Bihar’s first technical university? This was the poser of a flummoxed AKU vice chancellor, Dr SN Guha, when he was asked about the grounds on which the MCI has not included the name of university on its website.
“We have done whatever we were supposed to do and submitted all the relevant documents along with copy of UGC recognition to the MCI long back. We never received a reply, nor did the MCI point out any shortcoming. If it had reservations, it could have communicated that to us so we could fulfill its criteria. On our part, we have done everything required,” said Guha on Friday.
Stung by reports, that the MCI had not yet included AKU on its official website, the government swung into action on Thursday. Principal secretaries of health and education were asked to secure copies of AKU’s earlier communications with the MCI to pursue the matter at the government level. Due to MCI’s stand, the fate of hundreds of medical students studying in government medical colleges, which switched their affiliation from their respective universities to the AKU by a government order last year in September, hangs in the balance.
They cannot even go in for higher studies to other institutions, as their AKU degrees are not valid, as of now. As per the AKU Act 2008, all colleges and institutions imparting professional education, viz. engineering and technology, IT, nano technology & biotechnology, management, medicine, health technology, public health pharmacy, optometry, nursing, education, law, etc, have to be affiliated to the university. Guha said, he was himself at his wit’s end as to why the AKU, which is a government institution, has failed to find a place on the MCI list. “I had sent Dr Khursheed Alam, head, department of anatomy, who is a government nominee to AKU, to the MCI. Deputy secretary, MCI, Reena Nayyar assured that the matter would be resolved soon. “AKU’s name is at the top of the UGC list, but the MCI still wanted a letter from the UGC, which I got them,” said Alam, who visited the MCI office. “We have also written to the ministry of health and ministry of HRD at the Centre with all documents and details and sent the copies to the MCI.
But there is nobody at the MCI to talk to or reply,” he added. Nayyar refused to speak on the matter despite repeated attempts on her official phone number. “I will not speak to the media,” she said. MCI secretary Sanjay Shrivastava was also not ready to speak on the matter. His PA said on phone, that Shrivastava had no comment to offer and it was Nayyar, who was authorised to speak of the MCI stand. With Nayyar incommunicado, who does one talk to? That is the AKU worry.