Perform or perish: CM Amarinder to private medical colleges in Punjab
The CM issued these orders at a review meeting of the departments of medical education and health here to discuss the problems faced by the medical institutions in the state, including the controversy-ridden Gian Sagar Medical College in Banur and Chintpurni Medical College in Pathankot.punjab Updated: Apr 26, 2017 18:33 IST
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ordered a crackdown on private medical and dental colleges engaged in the business of making money at the cost of future of students, warning them to either perform or close shop.
The CM issued these orders at a review meeting of the departments of medical education and health here to discuss the problems faced by the medical institutions in the state, including the controversy-ridden Gian Sagar Medical College in Banur and Chintpurni Medical College in Pathankot. Amarinder warned that private medical and dental colleges found violating admission norms and not delivering quality education would be shut down.
Consult Dr Trehan of Medanta, give PIMS to reputed medical group
The CM asked the vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to prepare a blueprint in consultation with the medical education department to improve the functioning of medical colleges. He also asked department officials to explore upgrade of facilities in the state with eminent surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan, who runs Medanta Medicity in Gurugram.
The problem of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Jalandhar was also taken up, and the CM suggested that it be handed over to some reputed medical group like Medanta, after following proper procedure, in order to optimally utilise its potential.
Amid complaints of lack of funds faced by most government medical colleges, the CM asked chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh to ensure that central funds reserved for medical education are made available to these colleges for infrastructure upgrade and other measures to enhance education quality. He also asked the chief secretary to look into the medical education department’s complaint that it was not receiving state funding.
Prominent among those who attended the meeting were health minister Brahm Mohindra and chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh.