SRINAGAR: Despite Medical Council of India’s recommendations against enhancement in the student intake at the Government Medical College (GMC) here, admission is being provided on 150 seats this year as well in the infrastructure-deficient college.
A year after the state government enhanced the student intake at the GMC from 100 to 150, the MCI has recommended to India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare not to renew the permission for admission of MBBS students against the increased intake. The MCI, in its letter to the ministry, has cited infrastructure deficiency at the college as the reason.
The Minister for Health Education in Jammu and Kashmir Taj Mohi-ud-Din, however, told Kashmir Reader that the recommendation “will have no impact” as students will be admitted in the college as per the enhanced capacity.
“It is just a recommendation. We have submitted an undertaking to them (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) for this year, and we will provide admission to 150 students this year also,” Taj said.
In its report prepared after a two-day inspection of the GMC, MCI has noted that the college is deficient in classroom space, hostels, laboratories, and faculty to cater to 150 students.
“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.”
Even as a month has passed since the MCI made the recommendation, J&K’s Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) has already selected 150 candidates for admission in the GMC. The counseling process is already in progress.
Principal of the GMC, Dr Rafiq Pampori, confirmed that admission will be provided according to the enhanced capacity.
“We haven’t been given any information about taking less students this year. Rather, BOPEE has already selected the students,” said Pampori, adding, “We have some deficiencies in the infrastructure, but we shall overcome them in due course of time.”