Bengaluru: The government-run Koppal Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) to register its protest against the union government for denial of permission to run the 4th batch of MBBS course for the academic year 2018-19, has moved a petition in the Karnataka High Court.
The disapproval came in 2017 when Ministry of Health and Family Welfare declined to renew the 4th batch MBBS course permission having been acquainted with the deficiencies prevailing in the college. The ministry’s disapproval was conveyed to KIMS on May 31, 2018.
Justices H G Ramesh and Mohammad Nawaz adjourned the hearing of the case to Monday
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that Koppal Institute of Medical Sciences was one of the 82 existing medical colleges in the county who had been denied renewal permission by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare based on the recommendations of the Medical council of India
Indian Express reports that The petition saw the Directorate of Medical Education, and the Government of Karnataka, alleging that the act of disapproval on the part of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is ‘unreasonable’, as the ministry notice declining renewal approval was issued without taking into consideration a communiqué sent by the Additional Chief Secretary to the Medical Council of India (MCI) on May 7, this year. Hindu adds that the institute claimed that it had rectified all the deficiencies, but the MCI had failed to consider the compliance report before recommending to the Ministry against renewal of permission.
KIMS is believed to have been established for improving healthcare in the region, which has been classified backward after the Parliament passed the 98th Amendment for development of Hyderabad Karnataka region.
Referring to the Medical Council of India’s report which led to the denial of permission by the union government, the petitioner alleged that the council inspectors had made a faulty submissions. The petition claimed that the college had met with compliances as per MCI norms. The institution, the petition said had been running since 2015-16 with impeccable infrastructure and required staff for intake of 150 students.
After the college inspection a report dated August 21 and 22, 2017 was submitted to the MCI’s Executive Committee. The Committee commenting on the report stated the following:
- 37 percent deficiency in faculty,
- 56 percent shortage in residents
- Non-availability of speech therapy
- inadequacy in teaching staff in the KIMS.
- KIMS has only 305 beds as against the requirement of 400 beds.
- Only 93 para-medical and non-teaching staff available as against the requirement of 184.
- On the day of assessment, there were 545 patients in attendance as against the requirement of 900.