The State Government has sanctioned the post of Professor for the Coimbatore Medical College’s (CMC) Department of Plastic Surgery to comply with the recognition norms of Medical Council of India (MCI)

In a Government Order dated August 26, 2013 for the Department of Public Health and Family Welfare, the Director of Medical Education was directed to create the post.

Sources in the CMC told The Hindu here on Sunday that the college had submitted a proposal to the State Government about a year ago seeking a Professor following an increase in the student strength for the M.Ch (Plastic Surgery) course.

The CMC Plastic Surgery Department had begun offering the M.Ch (Plastic Surgery) in 2007 with an initial intake of one student. The department had an Associate Professor and an Assistant Professor besides a Senior Resident and Reserve Tutor at that time.

However, with the number doubled in 2010, the MCI recognition norms for postgraduate specialty and super speciality courses mandated that the Department must have a Professor, an Associate Professor, an Assistant Professor, one or two Senior Resident(s) and three or four Junior Residents. With the post having been created, the process of filling it up would be taken up soon, the sources said.

The cost involved for creating the post of Professor was Rs. 9.78 lakh with the annual average cost pegged at Rs. 12.84 lakh for which provision had already been made in the budgetary allocation.