Tamil Nadu will take up derecognition of colleges with Centre, says Minister

The Hindu Bureau
Tamil Nadu will take up derecognition of colleges with Centre, says Minister

Ma. Subramanian

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Thursday, 1st June 2023
Page No. 4
Chennai Print Edition

The decision of the National Medical Commission (NMC) to withdraw recognition to a historical medical college for minor deficiencies is unacceptable, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma. Subramanian has said.

The NMC has cited the non-implementation of the biometric system of attendance and the poor use of CCTV cameras as deficiencies at Stanley Medical College and Hospital. That the NMC is using such trivial issues to undermine the service rendered by the medical college is a matter of concern, he said.

At an event organised at the Directorate of Public Health on Wednesday, he read out the response sent by the college dean to the NMC. According to the response, the biometric system of attendance was implemented and CCTV was functioning at 25 locations at the institution. Officials of the Department of Medical Education were in consultation with the Union Health Ministry on the NMC’s observations, he said.

“After the NMC conducted an inspection, we said the deficiencies would be rectified. The DME and various medical officers have gone to Delhi to meet the officials concerned,” the Minister said.

According to Mr. Subramanian, three government colleges — Stanley, Dharmapuri Medical College and KAP Viswanatham Medical College in Tiruchi — were threatened with loss of recognition for deficiencies.

He said Stanley Medical College and Hospital, in a year, performed 379 cochlear implants; 11 liver transplants; 266 renal transplants; 108 bone marrow transplants; and four heart transplants.

“We have sought an appointment with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal to explain our requirements. We will discuss the need for a Siddha medical college. We will discuss the issues of the three medical colleges. It is not just some colleges in our State but also around 150 medical colleges across the country that have been found to have deficiencies,” the Minister said.

‘Work expedited’

He said the State government had expedited work at four medical college hospitals, and seven colleges had been commissioned in the past two years. The health infrastructure had also been raised incrementally. This resulted in more people seeking treatment at government hospitals.

As part of World No Tobacco Day celebrations, he rewarded men and women who had given up beedi rolling and took up alternative vocations.He also launched an app, Rapid Immunisation Skill Enhancement, to upgrade the skills of health workers.

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