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Medical shocker: College in Punjab lacks facilities, MCI wants it to stop admissions for 2 sessions

Pathankot-based Chintpurni Medical College faces rough weather after it fails inspections yet again. Medical Council of India does not want college to admit MBBS students for two sessions

education Updated: Apr 20, 2017 12:44 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chintpurni Medical College,Medical Council of India,Swaran Salaria
The Chintpurni Medical College in Pathankot.(HT File Photo)

There is fresh trouble for Pathankot-based Chintpurni Medical College. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has written to the Centre that the college be debarred from admitting students in the MBBS course for next two sessions (2017-18, and 18-19) for it has again , during inspections last month, failed to maintain standards.

The MCI executive committee made the recommendation, saying the college management was found grossly deficient even after it had committed that it would upgrade its infrastructure to standards required to run the MBBS course. The medical body has also decided not to consider the institute’s request to introduce postgraduate courses from this session. Also, the management has been issued a show-cause notice as to why recognition of courses run by the institute should not be withdrawn.

What was found lacking
  • 87% faculty deficiency
  • 82% residents doctors short
  • Number of patient admissions, radiological and laboratory investigations grossly inflated.
  • Average OPD attendance is 401 against requirement of 1,200 per day.
  • Hospital bed occupancy was zero on day of assessment.
  • There was only one major surgery on the day of inspection.
  • CT Scan workload was zero.
  • There was no woman attendant in the labour room. Data fudged.
  • Orthopaedics ward, operating theatres were found locked during inspection.

College chairman Swaran Salaria said it was wrong to say that the college had been debarred from admitting students for the next two sessions. “As per the MCI notice, the college was given an opportunity to rectify the deficiencies as raised in the MCI report. I have already submitted the compliance report and am very much confident that the college will be allowed to admit students in the MCI’s review meeting,” he said.

However, the development is enough for the students of existing batches to reiterate their demand to be moved to other colleges. The first batch of the college enrolled in 2011-12 has already been accommodated in other institutes colleges after the intervention of Punjab and Haryana high court in 2015. Another petition on moving the second-batch students is pending and will be heard on Monday next week.

The parents of the students have already submitted a memorandum to new Congress-led Punjab government to cancel its permissions to the college becase of the management’s repeated failure to provide facilities at the college and the 300-bed hospital attached to it.

Sushil Garg of Bathinda, father of a student, said the college has been faltering time and again, putting the career of their wards in jeopardy. “The latest report again vindicates our stand and reaffirm our demand to shift our children to other colleges,” he said

It is for the fourth time that MCI gave a negative report about college’s functioning. The state medical department, too, had found gross deficiencies in its own report last year.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 11:13 IST