The Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (MGMCH) has moved the Medical Council of India (MCI) seeking approval for starting postgraduate courses and allotment of 50 seats for the same.
The medical college is also contemplating to urge the MCI to increase its MBBS seats from existing 100 to 150.
The move is perceived as a significant turnaround for the college which has been still recently facing the threat of de-recognition and losing 50 of its MBBS seats for lack of faculty and infrastructure.
“We have applied for the recognition of the PG degree and allotment of 50 PG seats as infrastructure in our college as well as hospital has been revamped as per MCI guidelines,” Dr AC Akhauri, principal MGM College, told HT on Wednesday.
He said first round of inspection too had been done and that they are quite confident of getting positive response from the MCI.
MGMH’s superintendent Dr Vijay Shankar Das told HT over phone from Delhi that the new five-storey building in the hospital premises was completed and they are expecting it to be handed over to the hospital authorities by the builder by the end of this month.
“The building will house a critical operation theatre (OT), a critical care unit (CCU), an intensive care unit (ICU) and department-wise wards, OPDs etc,” said Dr Das.
Sources in the MGMCH said departments and OPDs of medicine, surgery, gynaecology and dermatology would be shifted to the new building.
“The new building also has ramps for senior citizens, women patients and physically challenged people. It will also have separate wings for neurology, cardiology, urology and gastroenteritis. The critical OT, CCU and ICU will be equipped with advanced technology. Number of beds will also be increased significantly,” a senior doctor said.
Presently, various departments and OPDs are placed in different wings of the hospital. Orthopedics, surgery, ophthalmology and ENT departments are located in one wing of the hospital without any critical OT, CCU or ICU. The second building houses the obstetrics and gynaecology department, medicine and paediatrics departments while OPDs are in yet another building, causing much harassment to the patients.
Faculty strength in the MGMCH, however, still remained a cause of concern with the MCI inspection on October 6 and 7 this year finding promotion given to almost all teaching doctors to the post of associate professors and professors by the state government between June and September last year ‘unacceptable.’
The council was satisfied with the promotion of only one doctor in the surgery department.
In an attempt to avert de-recognition of the state’s two premier medical colleges and slashing of 50 seats each, the Jharkhand government on June 26 last year promoted 30 assistant professors to associate professors in the MGMCH and the Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad.
On September 5 last year, it again promoted another 33 assistant professors (14 in MGMCH and 19 in PMCH) to the post of associate professors and 15 (eight in MGMCH and seven in PMCH) were promoted to the rank of professors, some getting double promotion at one go.
The state government had also promoted 46 tutors/residents to the posts of assistant professors on September 5 last year.