SRINAGAR: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has asked Indian government to withdraw enhancement of MBBS seats at the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, which, it says, is deficient in infrastructure.
The recommendation has been made by the executive committee of MCI—the body for regulating medical education in India—based on an investigation conducted by its assessors in May this year. And the recommendation letter has been sent to Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on June 10.
“…the executive committee of the council decided to recommend to the central government not to renew the permission for admission of 2nd batch of MBBS students against the increased intake i.e. from 100 to 150 at (GMC) Srinagar, under University of Kashmir Hazratbal, Srinagar for the academic year 2014-2015,” reads the letter dated June 10, which has been sent along with a copy of the detailed investigation report.
The state government last year enhanced the intake capacity of the four medical colleges operating in the state. With each college getting an additional 50 seats, the intake capacity of GMC Srinagar went up from 100 to 150. Accordingly, the four colleges last year provided admission to MBBS course as per the enhanced capacity.
In its report, MCI has said the enhancement was made without upgrading existing infrastructure of the GMC. It has noted that the GMC is deficient in classroom space, hostels, and laboratories.
“The central library has 1100 square kilometer against the recommended 2400 square kilometer; common room for boys is not available; in hostel, accommodation is available for 423 students against requirement of 450; central research laboratory is not available; amphibian laboratory is not available; in biochemistry, only one demonstration room of capacity 50 is available against requirement of two demonstration rooms of 60-75 each; in microbiology department, there is no demonstration room; practical laboratory is small; museum is not properly kept, there is no catalogue; in forensic department, demonstration room is not available; (and) research laboratory is not available,” it has noted.
About the unavailability of faculty and poor use of techniques, the MCI has said, “Deficiency of faculty is 11.72 per cent (with a shortage of) four professors, 12 associate professors, and one assistant professor; shortage of residents is 12.5 per cent (with a shortfall of) 13 junior residents.”
“ICD X classification of diseases is not followed for indexing,” it has said.
However, the recommendations haven’t been followed up with any action from New Delhi or the state government. In fact, the state’s Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) recent selected 150 candidates for admission in GMC on the basis of the just-concluded Common Entrance Test (CET), and process of their counseling is already on.
GMC Principal, Dr Rafiq Pampori, told Kashmir Reader that the college administration hasn’t been conveyed anything officially.
“We haven’t received any communication in this regard. But if MCI has recommended it, I will have to check with the administrative department to see what actually the matter is,” he said.