The in-service doctors' wing of the Indian Medical Association has ridiculed the decision of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) to translate medical sciences and nursing books into Punjabi presently available in English the world over.
Dr DS Bhullar, chairman of the wing, said this is purely a retrograde step, practically not feasible, rather a political stunt on the part of the university management.
BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr SS Gill has adopted this political tactic to please the present government at the fag-end of his superannuation with the only motive of retaining his position in the university for further five years," Bhullar alleged.
"How can the modern scientific courses like MBBS/MD/MS be run in a regional language," he added.
Bhullar questioned, "How our MBBS students, after being taught in Punjabi at the undergraduate level, will compete for international or national post-graduation or higher level competitions?"
He said allopathic doctors having passed undergraduate and post graduate courses in English language have been practicing for years in Punjab or other states and dealing with the patients in vernacular with no difficulty in dealing with their patients.
"How can a doctor doing his MBBS or MD or MS in Punjabi will later be able to work or practice in a modern hospital or a medical college outside Punjab," he said.
Moreover, if the university starts this project, the research work in medical colleges will get hindered for years with this futile exercise of translation with unnecessary and unwanted financial burden in crores on the state exchequer without any gain, he viewed.
The wing demanded that the state government and BFUHS must take feedback from the medical fraternity including medical teachers and students undergoing undergraduate and postgraduate courses before going with such an initiative.
"The Indian Medical Association will not like to sit as a mute spectator. We will take feedback from all quarters of the people and the medical professionals and will act accordingly," Bhullar said.