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Faculty sees red in move to restructure medical colleges


Faculty sees red in move to restructure medical colleges

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 8

The move of the Punjab Government to restructure the administrative setup of government medical colleges in Patiala and Amritsar has not gone down well with the faculty of medical education in the state.

In August, the CM, Capt Amarinder Singh, had constituted a high-level committee, headed by Dr KK Talwar, Adviser, Health, Medical Education and Reseach, Government of Punjab. Talwar has been holding closed-door meetings with committee members and representatives of various wings of the Department of Medical Education and Research.

Professors said the move was a step forward towards privatisation of government-run medical colleges in the state. They said the state government could not all of a sudden make medical colleges autonomous without taking all stakeholders into confidence. The state government seemed to be in a haste to bring private players, the teachers said.

Professors at both medical colleges warned against the entry of private players into medical education, saying that they would not allow the move at any cost.

The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association has already opposed the move and demanded the removal of Dr KK Talwar as Adviser for the smooth functioning of the Department of Medical Education in the state.

The association alleged that the current scenario of medical education in the state was the outcome of “wrong policy decisions” of Dr KK Talwar. He was holding the post during the previous Badal regime as well.

The state government, instead of opening new colleges, is planning to get rid of two medical colleges under its control, which was a retrograde step, said experts. The neighbouring state of Haryana had already added new medical colleges over the past few years, they said.

Dr DS Bhullar, state general secretary of the Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association, said, “The state government, taking into consideration the increasing demand for medics, should open new government colleges. However, it’s planning to get rid of its existing two medical colleges, while in Haryana, a number of new medical colleges have come up in the past few years.”

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