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MCI team begins inspection at Patiala college

Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times  Patiala, May 28, 2014
First Published: 11:17 IST(28/5/2014) | Last Updated: 11:19 IST(28/5/2014)

Even as the four-member team of the Medical Council of India (MCI) began its two day inspection at Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday, uncertainty prevails over whether the college will get more seats in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course from the coming academic session.

The reason: the hospital management has failed to remove serious anomalies mentioned in the report made public by the MCI following its inspection regarding increase of seats in different post-graduate courses in March this year.

At that time, the MCI’s Postgraduate Medical Education Committee (PMEC) had also recommended to the union gover nment not to approve schemes related to increasing MD-course seats.

Meanwhile, the team of experts, including Prof TS Raghunath from Bangalore medical college; Prof Balwinder Singh from Safdarganj medical college, New Delhi; Dr SP Matkari from Nagpur medical college; and Dr Niyant Pandey from Baroda medical college; carried out inspection sessions.

It was part of the mandatory process after the hospital proposed adding 50 seats to the existing 133. Sources said the team took a serious note of poor basic facilities in various departments, especially OPDs (outpatient departments).

“We will submit our report to the MCI, which would take the final decision. We can’t make our comments public,” a team member said.

DISMAL RECORD

The hospital authorities have failed to get approval to increase seats in the MBBS course for the past several years.

The hospital management had faced embarrassment as the PMEC refused to increase even a single seat in PG courses against the hospital’s proposal to add 72 seats.

None of the anomalies found at that time has been removed by the authorities. The departments of anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, radiotherapy and anaesthesia are paralysed due to shortage of faculty members.

When contacted, college principal Dr KD Singh said, “The MCI guidelines for increase of MBBS seats are not that strict as for MD and MS courses. We have to improve facilities within two years after we are allotted the proposed seats,” the principal added.

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