Staff Reporter

‘Staff strength at medical colleges will be raised’

MCI recognition for Thrissur Medical College

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy has described as “baseless,” reports that the Medical Council of India (MCI) had refused to give recognition to Alappuzha and Kottayam medical colleges.

In a press release here, Ms. Sreemathy pointed out that the MCI had given recognition for the Thrissur Medical College. However, the MCI, in its letter to the Director of Medical Education, pointed to the staff shortage at the Kottayam and Alappuzha Medical Colleges and asked the government to rectify this situation immediately.

The government will employ the required staff within a month and submit its report to the MCI, following which the recognition will be granted, she has claimed. The reports about the MCI denying recognition to these two institutions had come in the wake of the remarks made by the MCI in its inspection report, about the severe staff shortage at both these colleges.

After the government increased the MBBS seats in Thrissur, Kottayam and Alappuzha medical colleges, the MCI, as per its regulations, has been making annual visits to these institutions to assess if they had the necessary faculty members and infrastructure to accommodate the increased student strength.

It had asked the government earlier to create 200 additional posts of medical teachers at these colleges to make up for the shortage of faculty members, but nothing had been done.

KGMCTA boycott

When the MCI team came on its third visit to these institutions last month, medical college teachers, under the banner of the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMCTA), had boycotted the inspection saying that it refused to be part of the “farce” enacted every year on the eve of inspection by the MCI, when scores of teachers from Medical Colleges are temporarily shifted out by the government to the colleges where MCI inspection is conducted, to make up for the staff shortage there

Principal clarifies

Staff Reporter adds from Kottayam: Kottayam Medical College Principal A. Meherunnisa told The Hindu that the MCI, after inspection in the last week of April, had sought clarifications on the infrastructure facilities and staff strength at the college.

She said reports in a section of the media (stating that the future of the MBBS programme offered by the college would be affected) were baseless.

“The MCI has only sought certain clarification. We have time till May 25 to furnish them,” she said.

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