Facilities at Cooperative Medical College underutilised

Staff Reporter

College inaccessible as no buses ply on the route

KOCHI: The facilities at Cooperative Medical College (CMC), Kalamassery, are remaining underutilised. The medical college, which came up under the Cooperative Academy of Profession Education, aimed at providing medical treatment facilities at reasonable rates is plagued by a host of problems.

The college is inaccessible to the common man as no buses ply on the route. Students, professors, nurses and other officials believe that the facilities at the college will remain underutilised unless the problem is addressed.

Only people from nearby areas are coming here, said an official at the college. The college, which is awaiting recognition from the Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare, is facing competition from private medical colleges as it cannot provide salaries to faculty members on a par with the latter.

“This college cannot be run as a profit-making institution,” said one of the doctors at the college hospital. “It can neither be a loss-making one, as it needs to sustain itself,” he added. There is a lack of direction from the management . Moreover, the institution needs to be guided by a person who has been in the profession, he said.

Some of the theatre complexes are not being used at all in spite of the most modern facilities, said a student. The college has all the facilities needed in a medical college but the students are not benefiting from it, the student said.

Students who have passed out from the college cannot apply for post-graduation in other States because the college is yet to be fully recognised.

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