Governor directs officials to consider delinking it from SKIMS Soura
Srinagar: Governor NN Vohra has designated senior officials to work out a plan for SKIMS Medical College and Hospital, Bemina, to delink it from SKIMS Soura and turn it into an autonomous institute.
According to official sources, the issues relating to de-linking of SKIMS Medical College and Hospital Bemina were deliberated in the Governing Body meeting on Monday. It was decided that an official panel will prepare a detailed report about the possibility of running the college independently of SKIMS Soura.
“The issue of delinking of SKIMS Bemina came up for discussion after 15 years. In 2003, the then governing body had directed officials to work out a plan for the medical college to run independently. However, the SKIMS Soura administration never let it happen,” said a senior SKIMS official.
He said the college was on the verge of de-recognition from the Medical Council of India (MCI) many times, as it could not fulfil the requisite parameters such as having post-graduate teachers and proper infrastructure along with independent administrative and financial control.
“The college was functioning without a full-time principal, or, rather, the administration was being run by the Director SKIMS Soura. That is why it failed to deliver on various fronts,” the senior official said.
Another official privy to the Governing Body meeting told Kashmir Reader that the directions from the Governor were a “landmark”, as the college may soon run like other medical colleges of J&K under the supervision of Health and Medical Education Department.
About 14 years ago, the then Chief Minister and Chairman of SKIMS Governing Body, Dr Farooq Abdullah, affiliated the erstwhile Jhelum Valley Medical College (JVMC) to SKIMS Soura and placed it under the administrative control of the institute.
“This was done to ensure its growth and development as per national standards,” said a former administrator of SKIMS.
However, he said, the apathy of the SKIMS Soura administration towards the college shattered the dream of Dr Abdullah.
“The college was not only ignored but the remote control being exercised by the SKIMS administration led to its deterioration,” the former administrator said.
As per students of the college, there was no college council, no interdepartmental meetings, no statistical meetings, no clinico-pathological meetings or periodic research reviews in absence of an independent administrator in the college.
“Things have improved to a large extent after our college got an administrator from the college itself. Otherwise, we had to go to SKIMS Soura even for sanctioning a leave application or signing of a certificate,” students said.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that the administrative control of the Maternity & Child Care Hospital Bemina was also discussed in the Governing Body meeting. The Chairman of the Governing Body directed officials to submit a report within one month on how its administration will be run.
“The Maternity and Child Hospital is being constructed in close vicinity of SKIMS Medical College Bemina. It will work well if the college administration takes its control. The hospital is coming up on the highway and it will cater to a large population,” said an administrator.