KERALA

MCI to check on medical PG courses

Postgraduate courses offered at the Government Medical College, Ernakulam, will come under the scanner of the Medical Council of India (MCI) soon.

Inspections on five PG courses will begin once the final examinations commence towards the end of the week. The institution will be weighed against the facilities offered.

Though the government has created additional posts, various departments at the medical college still face shortage of faculty members. There are 11 PG seats, with three in Internal Medicine and two each in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Microbiology, and Pathology.

While the government has promised to build the infrastructure for super-specialty services, which are crucial for the conduct of PG programmes, it will take at least two years for them to become a reality.

Incidentally, the courses were granted to the medical college under the State government’s undertaking that the infrastructure for them would be built before the first batch of PG students take their final examinations.

PG courses were granted to the college after 14 years of setting up of the institution. This had, in fact, delayed the upgrade of the college to a regular medical college with full-fledged departments. It was in December 2013 that the government took over the college from the Co-operation Department.