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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

MCI warnings ignored, state in a fix over 100 MBBS seats


MCI warnings ignored, state in a fix over 100 MBBS seats

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 15

Ever since 50 MBBS seats each were increased at Government Medical Colleges (GMC) in Patiala and Amritsar, successive state governments have failed to comply with the guidelines laid down by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to make these permanent.

If the colleges want to retain the increased seats, they need to comply with the MCI guidelines. However, despite repeated warnings by the MCI to fill the vacant faculty posts — one of the main conditions — the state has failed to do so.

In fact, the MCI, the apex medical governing body of the country, had increased the student intake from 150 to 200 in each college in 2014.

After increasing the seats in any college, the MCI carries out annual inspections for the next five years, till the first batch with increased seats passes out, before making these permanent.

In every report, the MCI has been pointing out faculty shortage but this year – which is the final year of inspection — fulfilling the MCI conditions seems almost impossible.

To retain the seats, the government must complete the recruitment process of faculty before the notification of the new session. But sources have informed the Tribune that the MCI had to notify a number of MBBS seats in the month of May before the NEET UG exam but completing the recruitment till then would not be possible since the model code of conduct was in effect until May 23.

In the prevailing situation, the ball, it seems, is lying in the court of the MCI. Therefore, the said GMCs are likely to lose 100 MBBS seats permanently.

“The losing of 100 seats means it will become more difficult for us to get into a medical college, which is unfair,” said an MBBS aspirant.

Colleges facing staff crunch for years

  • As per the MCI assessment, Patiala GMC had 11.28% staff shortage in 2015, 17.52% in 2016, 19.94% in 2017, 22.5% in 2018 and 23% in 2019
  • Similarly, Amritsar GMC had 16.32% staff crunch in 2015-16, 11.04% in 2017, 16.09% in 2018 and 16% in 2019 
  • Maximum posts of Assistant Professor, which is an entry-level position, are lying vacant. Sources said no Assistant Professor had been recruited since 2015
  • In November 2018, the state had invited over 300 applications for Assistant Professor but no recruitments could be made before the imposition of the poll code

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