Uttarakhand: Govt Doon Medical College cornered by the MCI
The Medical Council of India’s(MCI), recommendations to the Centre against renewal permission being granted to Government Doon Medical College(GDMC) in the face of 14 point deficiencies pointed at by the Council has resulted in the college speeding up on its compliance efforts by November end for its 3rd MBBS batch. The compliance if met with would ensure admissions for the academic year 2018-19.
The 14 point deficiency report pointed at by the Council includes 25% faculty deficiency in the college, 14% resident doctor shortage and lack of adequate teaching beds as per requirement.
The Council inspectors had pointed at some departments not being functional, unavailability of a minor procedure room for Ophthalmology OPD, no hospital lecture theatre and distance between ward beds being less than 1.5 meters.
The above deficiencies became the reason for MCI disapproving renewal of admissions to the college for its 3rd-year MBBS batch of 150 students.
Though later in a written communication the Council asked the Government Doon Medical College to submit its compliance within a month to the Council office.
All deficiencies, are to be rectified until November 30 and a fee of Rs 3 lakh as compliance is to be to be submitted till the date mentioned.
GDMC Principal, Dr Pradeep Bharti Gupta spoke of the college working overtime to fulfil all the deficiencies until November end.
“Proposal has been sent to higher officials for posting of faculty and we are trying to complete the other deficiencies at the earliest. We are hopeful that we will get the MCI go-ahead for admissions (to be made for the 3rd batch in August 2018),” he told HT.
Officials of the medical education department said that “two-pronged efforts” were being made to rectify the deficiencies.
“There are two main points - faculty deficit and a shortage of budget. For faculty, fresh recruitments are being made and we are also getting excess faculty from other medical colleges transferred to GDMC. As for budget, we have submitted a proposal for R 15 crore to the government for completing the remaining construction/infrastructure works so that the MCI permission can be obtained on time,” Ashutosh Sayana, Director, Medical Education further informed HT.
Costing over Rs 402 crore, the GDMC has increased the government seats from 200 to 350.
It took the government a lot of sweat and struggle for a whole year to get an MCI approval to launch the college.