D.K. Kishan Rao
Existing first year students may not be able to pursue their second year course
Raichur: Admissions to first year MBBS course for this academic year has been suspended temporarily at the Raichur Institute of Medical Science following the rejection of “renewal of permission” by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
At the same time, the existing first year students may not be able to pursue their medical course this academic year till the RIMS gets fresh clearance from the MCI.
The management of the RIMS, in anticipation of clearance from the MCI, had planned to start the admission process for the second batch of MBBS course from June 9 and commence classes for second year MBBS from the second week of August.
However, all activities at the college have come to a halt following the rejection of “renewal of permission” by the MCI. It has to get clearance from the MCI before July 15 as the casual vacancy round for fresh admissions for MBBS will start from July 28.
According to sources, a three-member team from the MCI, which inspected the RIMS on June 6, refused to grant permission to the college to admit students for the first year MBBS course during this academic year as it had noticed deficiencies with regard to faculty and infrastructure.
With an intake of 100 students, the college requires 97 teachers, including professors, associate professors and assistant professors, for the smooth conduct of the first and the second year medical courses at the college.
But during inspection, the MCI found that there was a shortage of 16 per cent of the required faculty strength in the medical college. There was a shortage of six professors in the anatomy department, one professor each in the physiology and biochemistry departments, one professor and one assistant professor in the radiology department and one assistant professor each in the TB and Chest and pharmacology branches. The MCI team, during its inspection at the existing Government Civil Hospital, found that there was a shortage of staff apart from facilities for handling in- and out-patients.
Though the hospital was upgraded recently to 350 beds from 200 beds, it lacks the required number of duty doctors, duty nurses, a pantry and treatment room.
The MCI team alos found that the management of the RIMS had not initiated action to fill vacancy and complete civil works on the proposed establishment of a 500-bed hospital.
Chandrashekar, Dean and Director of the RIMS, told The Hindu on Monday that except the shortage in teachers, the available facilities at the medical college are up to the mark.
They have called for applications to fill posts of seven professors, 14 associate professors and five assistant professors for various medical branches to meet the requirements of the MCI norms. The management was conducting fresh rounds of recruitments and holding a walk-in interview on June 30 to fill the vacant teacher posts in all medical branches.