SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday welcomed government’s initiative of creating an independent medical university.
In a statement, DAK president Dr Suhail Naik said Jammu Kashmir has more than two dozens of medical institutions, including medical and dental colleges, paramedical colleges/schools, which are currently affiliated to Kashmir and Jammu universities.
“This is our long pending genuine demand as two main universities in (J&K) – one at Kashmir and one at Jammu are overburdened and they are catering to the needs of thousands of students from all three regions of the State.”
Dr Suhail said DAK has been stressing for the same for a long time and also in recently held press conference of Jammu Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC), it was demanded that a separate medical university for State is need of the hour. “(The) starting of sanctioned five medical colleges will further deteriorate the uniform functioning of (the) said universities,” he said.
DAK president said the medical institutions and medical students are confronting multiple issues related to their academic activities vis-à-vis admissions, counselling, timely conduct of exams, results and other allied issues in absence of exclusive medical university in the State. He said the delay of exams is a usual problem faced by medical students, with the result it takes them six years to complete five year course of medical graduation.
“The independent medical science university will be (the) governing body for all medical and paramedical institutions and this will establish uniform standards par excellence in academics and administration of teaching and learning of health sciences,” Dr Naik said.