Staff Reporter

By Indian Medical Council

KOCHI: The Cooperative Medical College at Kalamassery, in its seventh year of existence, will seek yet another inspection by the Indian Medical Council this year before admissions for the next academic session begin.

The college is preparing itself for the inspection, said K.G. Balakrishnan, director, Cooperative Academy of Professional Education. According to a lecturer in private medical college, the crucial problem relates to staff strength. The Cooperative College is left no better than other medical colleges or even the Government Medical colleges, where staff are transferred from one place to another during an inspection.

"The situation is not bad. We have a shortage of 22 staff members, mainly in the senior professor level. We have advertised the vacancies and are looking for professors who retire from Government colleges," said Mr. Balakrishnan.

Senior-level doctors are available, but a medical college requires doctors with teaching experience, which is hard to get, he added.

While all the other infrastructure facilities are in good shape, the Medical College Hospital needs to be promoted, say members of the college. Connectivity to the hospital is the main hindrance for people.

In spite of talks with the District Administration and the Regional Transport Office, which had devised new routes for the hospital, few buses ply through the area. "We will hold another round of talks for improving transportation facility to the hospital," said Mr. Balakrishnan. The college will also consider running a few college buses from the HMT Junction to the hospital, he added.