Four months after the Medical Council of India (MCI) found Pathankot’s Chintpurni Medical College in bad health, the state government has also found its teachers and treatment facilities wanting.
The department of medical education and research did its latest inspection on July 18 after mounting pressure from parents and the Punjab and Haryana high court to begin shifting 101 MBBS students of the last batch — of session 2014-15 — to state-run colleges. The first batch was moved two months ago.
On Wednesday, the high court will resume hearing the contempt petition that students filed earlier this month, accusing the medical education department of violating the June 7 directions to begin the transfer process.
On the day of the latest inspection, the college wards, outpatient department (OPD), blood bank, and labour room were all empty. “The lone patient was in the casualty ward,” a senior member of the faculty of Government Medical College, Amritsar, wrote in the report. “Except the deputy medical superintendent, there was no teacher around. Even the principal was absent. The Pathankot college didn’t show the teacher-attendance register to the auditor.”