75 medical colleges get derecognition notices
The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has issued de-recognition notices to 75 medical colleges in the state because they have vacant faculty positions.
The medical schools which were issued notices include 23 nursing colleges, five dental colleges and 15 homeopathy institutes. There are 285 medical schools in the state.
“Initially, we disaffiliated 122 colleges and gave them 15 days to fill vacancies. While 45 of them complied, the rest are in the process. Some of them do not even have 20% of their staff in place,” said Dr Arun Jamkar, vice chancellor, MUHS.
The exercise began in May when the university received complaints from students that several affiliated colleges did not have the requisite staff and facilities. The university conducted a surprise inspection in ten colleges. The colleges were sent notices after an academic council decision on Thursday. The colleges have an approximate student strength of 6,000.
A local inspection committee will now visit these campuses after a week to check if the management is filling the vacancies.
“Keeping the fate of students in mind, we will give some colleges additional time to recruit teachers,” added Jamkar.