With the Government Medical College (GMC) struggling with several deficiencies, both in terms of faculty shortage and outdated infrastructure, it seemed to be an uphill task for the college to get the Centre’s approval to retain the number of MBBS seats of 200 for the next academic session.
It was in 2014-15 that the college was first allowed to fill 200 MBBS seats after a successful assessment by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The college was also allowed to fill 200 seats in the 2015-16 session. Earlier, there were only 150 MBBS seats in the college.
However, in the MCI’s assessment for renewal of seats for the 2016-17 session held last September, the central body found 14% deficiency in teaching faculty in the college with a shortage of 15 assistant professors, 9 tutors, 8 senior residents, 2 professors and one associate professor.
Besides, its lecture halls were found old with inadequate seating facility. In its central library too, the sitting capacity was inadequate as per MCI norms for 200 MBBS seats and it also needed a qualified librarian.
The MCI’s latest inspection on Tuesday again raised similar issues with the college yet to arrange additional faculty as directed by the MCI in the last inspection.
Commenting on this, college principal KD Singh said that the college was working out necessary adjustments on staff deficiencies and the MCI’s inspection team, which visited the college a few days ago was also apprised about it.
“We are one of the reputed government medical colleges in the region and that is the reason, the MCI gave us sanction to fill 200 seats in last two academic sessions. With the state government also pushing for increase in medical seats in the state, I don’t think any problem in getting further renewal of additional 50 seats,” he said
According to him, the construction of our multispecialty block was about to start and by 2018-19, there will be drastic increase in its post graduate seats too.
But the major cause of worry for the college’s longer sustainability, as pointed out by the Medical Council of India several times, is that out of the existing faculty, 5 professors and 8 associate professors are re-employed after retirement and 3 of them are already above 65 years of age.
This too has created discontentment among the lower rank staff, who said that due to re-employment, their chances of promotion are blocked.
Meanwhile, the MCI’s final decision to allow the college to fill the seats is expected by June.