Requests MCI to check if deficiencies have been set right

The Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute has asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to carry out its “compliance inspection” to ascertain if the institution has met the requirements found deficient by the council in the “renewal inspection” conducted in February.

Director of the college P. Jayakumar, in a meeting with the MCI officials in New Delhi on Tuesday, made a formal request to the MCI to inspect the college again to get approval for admitting its second batch of students for the coming academic year.

According to him, the meeting with the MCI officials was arranged to get the specifics of deficiencies that were pointed out “vaguely” in the report of the assessment conducted in February.

He said that while the inspectors, who had assessed the infrastructure of the college, had not pointed to particular deficiencies, the MCI was of the view that there was inadequacy in faculty strength as per its guidelines.

Mr. Jayakumar said the contradiction between the assessment report and guidelines of the MCI could be the result of an adjustment made by the inspectors in the case of faculty strength.

He said that while certain departments in the college had more than adequate teachers, some had a deficiency of one or two faculty members. The inspectors, while making the report, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, had checked if the college had fulfilled the norms for total strength and decided that there was no deficiency.

However, when the Board of Governors reviewed the report, they had insisted on adequate faculty in every department, a norm that the college had not fulfilled.

Mr. Jayakumar said that the college was initiating efforts to fill the vacancies as soon as possible.

He also said the MCI has been requested to conduct the inspection in the first week of June as many members of the teaching faculty had gone on vacation.