Patiala: Gian Sagar Medical College(GSMC), that is facing closure due to a fiscal crisis faced by the institution in the past few months, in a surprising turn over has been taken over by Swaran Salaria, Chairman, Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital, Pathankot,and a BJP leader.
Salaria exuding confidence while claiming that he has taken over the management of Gian Sagar Medical Charitable Trust and will be able to clear all pending liabilities of the institution, making it functional in the coming two days, has found it hard to win the confidence of the staff of GSMC who have expressed uncertainty, considering the fact that his own Chintpurni Medical College, pathankot is facing the education regulator’s disapproval on many counts.
According to Salaria, 6 of the 8 board members have submitted their resignations on April 17 and the remaining two are likely to follow soon. He said that he will soon be constituting his own team to run the administrative affairs of GSMC. He has already chaired a meeting of the staff members of the medical institution on Wednesday. It is believed that Dean GSMC, Dr. AS Sekhon has also submitted his resignation, reports Tribune.
Ironically, all does not seem will with Salaria’s own medical college. Chintpurni Medical College is facing Medical Council disapproval on many counts and the threat of loosing recognition due to them looms large over it.The college has been denied admissions for the upcoming session by the Council too.
Earlier on the Supreme Court had given a directive that the college be given conditional permission to admit students in 2014-15; however, it was denied permission in 2015-16.
Last year, the Supreme Court-mandated Lodha Committee (Oversight Committee) had given permission to Chitpurni to admit 150 students on the condition that it would remove the anomalies and deposit a security, which could be forfeited, if the college failed to comply with the orders. Unfortunately, it did fail to comply.
An MCI inspection of the college was carried out on March 7, and the report submitted pointed at 24 glaring deficiencies. Some of them include: 87 per cent shortage in faculty,low number of patients coming to the hospital OPD, 82 per cent shortage of resident doctors, and no patient admitted for indoor treatment.
The MCI observed: “The college has failed to comply with the conditions laid down by the Oversight Committee.” Besides taking away the security, the Council recommended the college not be allowed to admit students for the next two years.