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Two medicos died in road mishap

Ranchi, April 20: A pall of gloom descended on the RIMS campus after two junior doctors died in a road accident, while two others sustained injuries, past midnight yesterday.

The unfortunate incident occurred at 12.30am on Sunday, when a truck rammed into their car from the rear on the Ranch-Ramgarh Road. The junior doctors were on their way to have dinner at Madhuban Dhaba, some 20km from here, after their last paper of the final postgraduate examination on Saturday.

The deceased were identified as Prem Kumar Prasad (30), a resident of Heerapur, Chiragora in Dhanbad, and Shashikant Prasad (31), a resident of Achughara in Barh, Patna. They used to stay in RIMS PG Hostel 6 and Anuradha Apartment, Harihar Singh Road, Morabadi, respectively. Their bodies were sent to their native places today.

Those injured include Manoj Kumar and Varun, both in their 30s. They are undergoing treatment at the trauma centre of RIMS and were reported to be out of danger. Manoj is a resident of Sitamarhi and Varun hails from Munger.

Sources said the impact of the collision was so strong that it badly damaged even the front portion of the doctors’ car. An FIR has been registered in this connection. Police have traced the truck but its driver is absconding.

The doctors held a condolence meeting today.

Road accidents are a chronic problem for the city.

A first-year science student of Gossner College, Ravi Bhusan Minz (17), had died on February 11 in a road accident that took place in front of Capital Hospital on Hazaribagh Road at Kanta Toli under Lower Bazaar police station.

On March 12, a 24-year-old youth sustained injuries when a school bus ran over him in front of Rahul Hotel in between Kanta Toli and Dangra Toli chowk under Lower Bazaar police station area.

On April 7, a speeding bus of St Xavier’s School, deputed for the service of Delhi Public School (DPS), claimed the life of a cyclist at Dibdih under Doranda police station area of the city. A retired CRPF driver was driving the bus.

Inspection at RIMS Ranchi Nursing College

Ranchi, April 29: A two-member team from the Indian Nursing Council (INC) has started inspection of the Rajendra institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Nursing College today.

The purpose of the inspection was to check whether the college is fit enough to impart education at the graduation level. The team, during its inspection, collected information about its faculties and other infrastructure, including hostel facilities and laboratory equipment required for imparting education in nursing.

The inspection will continue till tomorrow.
The management of Rajendra institute of Medical Sciences, sources said, had made prior arrangement for the inspection.

It has appointed a professor, two associate professors and five tutors to impart education to 50 students who are likely to be admitted after the affiliation from the highest regulatory body of nursing colleges in the country.


News on medicine at RIMS pharma meet

Indian Pharmacological Society members announce Pharmacon-2008 on Friday.

Ranchi, April 18: Soon pharmacists could well be preparing medicines for patients individually.

And to highlight this, the Indian Pharmacological Society is going to organise a conference — Pharmacon-2008 — tomorrow at Nursing College Auditorium of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

Retired professor and former principal of Patna Medical College and Hospital, S.N.P. Sinha will inaugurate the technical session of the conference while health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi will be the chief guest of the programme.

Organising chairman of the programme J. Sharma said the conference would discuss many academic matters like pharmacogenomics, pharmacovigilance and nanotechnology.

“Gene-based medicines will be prepared soon. We will hold discussions on different types of medicine and its adverse affect on us. We will also talk about nanograms. Medicine is now available in the powers milligram and microgram,” Sharma said.

Rajeev Kumar a professor of the RIMS pharmacology department, said eminent pharmacologists like K.K. Sharma and S.K. Tripathi would also deliver lectures.

The organising secretary of the programme, S. Chandra, said the event would also see discussions on good clinical practice and modern advancement of medicine. “Over 150 medicos would participate in the programme from the eastern zone of the country,” he added.

This is the first scientific programme to be organised at RIMS after the end of students’ agitation.

“The conference would help us learn about medicine and also collect first hand information from those who have been in active research over a long time,” said spokesperson of RIMS student, Alok Kumar.


Relief for RIMS Ranchi medicos and patients

All smiles: Students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences were in a jubilant mood after the Medical Council of India revoked its order of cancelling the admission of 90 MBBS students.

Ranchi, April 17: The 17-day agitation of RIMS students came to an end today after the Medical Council of India (MCI) revoked its order cancelling the admission of 90 MBBS students of the 2007 batch yesterday.

Alok Kumar, the spokesperson for the students, said that the decision to call off the agitation was taken after the RIMS director told them about the development this morning presenting a fax message of MCI, the highest regulatory body of medical institutes in the country.

“The fax, dated April 16 and addressed to our dean, stated that the discharge notice issued under Section 10B vide council letter dated March 3, 2008 be withdrawn in respect to all the 90 students admitted by the institute. This order was sufficient,” Kumar added.

Junior Doctors’ Association vice-president Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar said that the MCI has given a deadline of three months to the 2007 batch students.

“According to the fax, RIMS has to fill up all vacant posts of teachers within three months. If RIMS fails to abide by the direction, the students will have to suffer from the same problem after three months,” Tomar said, heaving a sigh of relief.

Sources said that the situation took this turn after the state government submitted an undertaking to the MCI pledging to rectify all deficiencies in RIMS within three months and in response to that letter MCI secretary A.R.N. Setalvad revoked his order.

With the end of agitation, junior doctors — who had gone on indefinite strike since yesterday — today returned to duties with normal medical services restored. Classes also were held at the premier medical college.

Over 1,000 students were on strike since March 31 after MCI directed the RIMS dean to strike off names of 90 students of the 2007 batch.

They first staged a demonstration in front of RIMS director’s office and then shifted their venue to RIMS central emergency ward. They also took out a procession from Albert Ekka Chowk to make common people aware of the situation.

The junior doctors also came in support of MBBS students and decided to go on strike yesterday and finally the government has to expedite its effort last evening to maintain normal medical service in the state.

RIMS, Ranchi strike leaves patients waiting

Ranchi, April 16: Services at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) were severely affected after junior doctors went on an indefinite strike.

The doctors have gone on strike to support the 2007 batch MBBS students, who are agitating against Medical Council of India’s (MCI) decision to cancel their admissions.

The impact of the strike can be felt as one steps into the deserted outdoor ward of the hospital, where the daily average of patients was 3,000.

The emergency wing continues to function, said president of Junior Doctors’ Association Jitendra Singh Munda. But a junior doctor on duty at the emergency ward of RIMS said 25 patients were attended to between a seven-hour period.

“Twenty-six patients were brought in to the RIMS emergency from 7am to 2pm,” the doctor said around 2.30pm

The worried faces of those accompanying the patients narrated the problems they were facing due to the absence of junior doctors at the super-speciality centre of the state.

“I have come from Hazaribagh to treat my 75-year-old father, who is suffering from a kidney infection and has water in his lungs,” Abhay Jha said between his mad dash in search for a junior doctor. “But there is no one here.”

Tupudana resident Sushil Champi had no other option but to sit under a tree on the RIMS campus and wait for doctors after her mother-in-law was refused admission. The older woman suffered from a paralytic attack.

“I don’t know what to do after doctors at the emergency ward of RIMS refused to admit her,” he said.

Vinod Kumar, a resident of Gomia, had a similar problem. “I am left with no option other than taking my driver to a private hospital for treatment of his broken bone,” he said.

Spokesperson of the RIMS students Alok Kumar admitted that several patients were suffering because of their agitation. “But we are struggling for our survival after the medical council order,” he said.

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad claimed that all senior doctors took care of patients. He did not have any information of the patients suffering due to the strike of junior doctors.

“We worked and attended to patients in outdoor and indoor wards,” he said.

The council, the highest regulatory body of medical institutions, took the harsh decision as the RIMS administration and the state government had not arranged for adequate teaching staff despite orders to that effect.

Though several efforts were taken for withdrawal of the order calling for cancellation of the admissions, sources said, they were in vain due to an “ego problem”.

“Health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi’s statements hurt MCI officials. A letter of the health secretary threatening to challenge the MCI order in court has made the situation worse,” an undergraduate student said.

A postgraduate student said that the problem would have been sorted out had the government approached the MCI instead of talking to the Union health minister.

RIMS director N.N. Agarwal trashed the charges against the government.

“It is not good for junior doctors to go on a strike when the government and RIMS has taken up the case of MBBS students. A doctor should perform his duty,” he said

Delhi to decide on RIMS admission

Ranchi, April 14: The woes of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) students are far from over as Medical Council of India (MCI) today refused to withdraw the cancellation order of 90 students admitted to RIMS in 2007.

MCI, after the meeting of its executive committee at Calcutta today, referred the matter to its central committee at Delhi and asked the RIMS representatives to approach it.

Apprising The Telegraph about this, the RIMS students’ spokesperson, Alok Kumar, said the students started chalking out their strategy after getting the news from Calcutta, where RIMS director N.N. Agarwal, along with dean S.N. Choudhary, is camping to get a proper decision in favour of their students.

“We have started discussing strategies of intensifying our peaceful agitation but a final decision in this regard would be taken only after a detailed discussion on the matter with our director and dean, who are expected to return by tomorrow,” Kumar added.

Meanwhile, students continued their peaceful agitation on the 14th day today at the RIMS emergency unit and boycotted their classes as usual.

The agitation, however, has not affected medical services at the institute so far.

The students are on the warpath after MCI cancelled their admission on the ground of RIMS not fulfilling the guidelines. Choudhary and Agarwal could not be contacted for comments.

RIMS Ranchi rally

Rajendra Instititute of Medical Science(RIMS), ranchi students to take out a silent procession from Albert Ekka Chowk to protest against the rustication of 2007 batch of pupils by Medical Council of India, 10am. Students of RIMS to stage dharna, too, RIMS, 12 noon.

RIMS Ranchi Medics to take out silent rally

Ranchi, April 11: RIMS students will take out a silent procession tomorrow to draw people’s attention towards the Medical Council of India’s letter directing striking off of the names of 90 MBBS students of the 2007 batch.

The procession will start from Albert Ekka Chowk at 10am and culminate at Jaipal Singh Stadium passing through Shaheed Chowk where the affiliating body of RIMS, Ranchi University, is located. A decision to this effect was taken this evening after the students met at RIMS.

The students’ spokesperson, Alok Kumar, said the students would carry banners and placards in their hands to communicate their problems to people. “We will not speak but our placards will do,” he added. Meanwhile, the students continued their agitation on the 12th day today.

RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal, who returned from Delhi today, said the agitation had not affected medical services so far and there was no development in solution to the problem of students.

“There has been no development on any front,” he added. Students are on a warpath after MCI asked the RIMS dean to strike off the names of students admitted in 2007 on the ground that the institute does not have sufficient number of teachers to impart medical education.

Though the RIMS management, the state government and the Union government came forward to help the students, there has been no relief so far.

The students are now waiting for a MCI meeting scheduled to be held at Calcutta on April 11 in which decision on their matter would be taken.


Council sends back JDA team

Ranchi, April 10: Representatives of Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) today returned from Delhi failing to get any assurance from Medical Council of India officials.

Announcing this, Alok Kumar, the spokesperson of students agitating for the withdrawal of Medical Council of India letters directing to strike off the names of 90 students of the 2007 batch, said that Medical Council of India officials sent their representatives back.

“Medical Council of India officials refused to discuss the issue of withdrawing the letter, saying that it would discuss the matter only in its meeting scheduled to be held at Calcutta on April 14,” Kumar said.

The vice-president of JDA, Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar, who was among the representatives who took part in the meeting with MCI officials, said the officials said that a decision taken by the executive committee can only be changed by the committee itself.

“Medical Council of India secretary A.R.N. Sheetalvad welcomed our gesture to approach him to save the future of medicos but said that the decision could only be changed by the committee that had taken the earlier decision,” Tomar added.

Meanwhile, the students’ agitation entered its 11th day today in the RIMS emergency unit. Tomar said the agitation would continue tomorrow peacefully.

“We would change our strategy only if any negative decision is taken against the students,” he said.

RIMS director N.N. Ag- garwal and dean S.N. Choudhary are still camping in Delhi. They are expected to return tomorrow.

Dharna Continues to protest against MCI decision

Students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences to stage Dharna to protest against rustication of 2007 batch students by Medical Council of India at emergency unit of RIMS, Ranchi from 10am. This is the 9th day of the agitation. It would continue till students received a written letter from MCI/Director of RIMS.

RIMS Director meets parents, deadlock still on

Ranchi, April 7: Worried parents and local guardians today met Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) director N.N. Aggarwal to know about the fate of their wards studying in RIMS since August, 2007.

This was the first meeting after students and junior doctors went on strike to protest against the Medical Council of India’s directive to strike off the names of 90 MBBS students admitted in 2007 on the recommendation of Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (JCECE), a government body. The meeting that started around 2.30pm continued till 3.30pm in the conference hall adjacent to Aggarwal’s chamber.

Students were not allowed to take part in the discussions but allowed to sit with their parents as mute listeners. Birendra Kumar Shukla, the maternal uncle and local guardian of Divya Tiwari, a 2007 batch student from Patna, said the meeting yielded no result as the director expressed his inability to solve the present problem of students.

“He merely gave us first-hand information about the steps being taken by the state government and cleared his stand. Though he gave positive response, he did not give any deadline to solve the problem,” Shukla told The Telegraph after the meeting.

Martina Samad, the aunt and local guardian of Rajeev Kisko, a 2007 batch student from Dhanbad, narrated a similar version when contacted after the meeting.

“We were already aware of the facts, which the director presented before us during our meeting. This meeting could not give me any satisfaction. I am still in the dark about the future of my ward,” she said.

Walter Kerketta, who had come from Bokaro to attend the meeting, said Aggarwal suggested that the agitating students pay proper attention to their studies. “The director asked me to communicate his suggestion to the students for their future,” he said.

Aggarwal, however, said that the meeting helped him bridge the communication gap between the RIMS management and the guardians. “We explained our limitations and informed them about the developments in Delhi,” he said.

Medics set out for Delhi

Ranchi, April 8: Two representatives of Junior Doctor’s Association (JDA) today left for New Delhi to request the officials of Medical Council of India (MCI) to be sympathetic towards the students of 2007 batch of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

The representatives included Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar and Madhukar.

Spokesperson of the students’ body, Alok Kumar, said these representatives were part of a five-member delegation of RIMS, who will meet the MCI officials, day after tomorrow.

“The representatives will meet three other representatives of the RIMS delegation at New Delhi tomorrow. The other three members include RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal, dean S.N. Choudhary and hospital superintendent I.B. Prasad, who will take off from the Birsa Munda Airport tomorrow. All the five will meet the MCI officials day after tomorrow at 10.30am,” Kumar said.

Kumar added that the delegation would request MCI officials to reconsider their decision to strike off the names of 90 students of 2007 batch due to non-availability of adequate numbers of teaching staff in RIMS.

Meanwhile, the agitation of students and junior doctors of RIMS entered the ninth day today.

The protesters were noticed playing cards and chess in the emergency unit of premier medical college of the state. The students have challenged the decision of the MCI saying that they took admission in the institute after qualifying competitive examinations and it was wrong to deprive them from medical education without any justified reason.

The state government has already come in favour of students. Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi had met his counterpart in New Delhi and got positive assurance about resolving the matter. Union food processing minister, Subodh Kant Sahay, has also assured co-operation.

RIMS dharna

Ranchi, April 6: Continuing with their protest, the students and junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today appealed to people to come forward in their support.

Vice-president of Junior Doctors’ Association Dr Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar said that the agitation would continue till students received a written word for their safeguard.

The spokesperson of the students, Alok Kumar, confirmed the fact saying that the agitation would be intensified from tomorrow. “All are worried after the MCI asked our dean, S.N. Choudhary, to discharge us from RIMS and send a compliance report,” he added.

Choudhary, an ex-officio member of MCI responsible for looking after the academic activities of RIMS, refused to comment on the issue when contacted over telephone this afternoon. Sources, however, said that Choudhary was in a state of confusion.

“He is in a Catch-22 situation. In case Choudhary does not discharge students as per the direction of MCI, there might be trouble in future. And if he discharges students following the guideline of MCI, the future of innocent students will be at stake. Though RIMS director and the state government have stood by the students, so far none of them have succeeded in procuring any document either from the Centre or MCI, which safeguards the students,” a RIMS official said.

The agitation of RIMS’s students and junior doctors, which entered the seventh day today, has adversely affected the academic atmosphere of the RIMS as the students are bunking classes and staging dharna at the emergency unit of the institute. Similar is the situation at RIMS hostels, where they were heard discussing the implications of the Medical Council of India’s (MCI’s) letter.

Union food processing minister Subodh Kant Sahay, meanwhile, assured all co-operation to the students. Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi is camping in Delhi to end the crisis.

RIMS dharna

Students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences to stage dharna to protest against rustication of pupils in 2007 batch by Medical Council of India, emergency ward, 10am.

Jharkhand government criticises MBBS admission cancellation

Wednesday, April 02, 2008 :The Jharkhand government and MBBS students have reacted sharply to the Medical Council of India directive to cancel admission of 90 students of the 2007 batch at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS).

The Junior Doctors Association (JDA) threatened to strike work from Friday if the RIMS administration failed to safeguard interest of the students.

'The RIMS administration should do the needful to safeguard the interest of the students. If the students' interest is not protected, then we will go on strike from Friday,' said Abhishek Mundu, president of JDA.

State Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi said: 'I am going to New Delhi to meet union health minister Thursday. The MCI directive is biased. In South India, there are several medical colleges which violate the norms but they do not face such harsh rulings of the MCI.'

The MCI asked the RIMS to cancel admission of 90 students after a team visited RIMS in 2005 and found that the proportion of teacher and students were not as per norms. As per the MCI norms, the students and teachers ratio should be 6:1.

According to officials, RIMS falls short of these norms by 20 percent. The MCI had also asked the central health ministry to restrain the institute from admitting new students.

The RIMS, however, admitted 90 students in 2007. Now the MCI has sent a letter to the RIMS administration asking it to cancel their admission. The letter was received by the RIMS administration in March.

Bitter truth costs medico job

Ranchi, April 1: An audiologist-cum-speech pathologist of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Vivek Kumar Mohan, reportedly lost his job for presenting RIMS in a “negative” light before an experts’ team from Medical Council of India (MCI) during the latter’s visit to the institute last month.

The director of RIMS, N.N. Agarwal, allegedly terminated Mohan’s service on Monday, on the final day of the fiscal, alleging that he “adopted a non-co-operative attitude” while the experts’ visit was on.

Mohan, who did his graduation in speech and hearing science from Mysore University was appointed on February 29, 2008, and on a daily basis in the ENT department. Mohan also works in Deepshikha, a special school for hearing and speech-impaired children.

Mohan’s crime, it seems, was that he commented before an MCI expert (Malti Mehra) that he “was working on daily wages much like a labourer” during his conversation with the former. Mohan’s crime was also that he “produced” his appointment letter before the member when he was asked about his salary.

So far, the former employee has taken a “strong exception” to his termination and has decided to take the case to the MCI. “Can a team of experts dishonour the privacy of an individual in the same profession? I had never expected some one as high-placed as her to give me in to the authorities — and that too for speaking the truth,” Mohan rued.

Agarwal was not available for comment. Sources, however, said that Mohan was not a regular employee and had put the director in an embarrassing spot.

A three-member MCI team, comprising Malti Mehra, Madhur Yadav and Sushma Pandey, had visited RIMS and carried out an inspection on March 18 and 19.

The team, allegedly, found several irregularities in the workings of RIMS.

Reportedly the team had asked the RIMS director if it is appropriate to engage an audiologist on a daily basis and on daily wages in government run institute.

Junior Doctors of RIMS go on strike

Ranchi, April 1: Junior doctors of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have threatened to go on strike from April 4 if the management failed to safeguard the future of the 90 MBBS students whose admissions have been cancelled.

President of the Junior Doctors’ Association Abhishek Mundu told The Telegraph that RIMS director N.N. Agarwal has already been informed. The director said that he was doing all possible to safeguard the future of the 90 students but he did not explain the strategy he was adopting for the purpose. “We are also worried about their future,” he said.

The situation arose after the Medical Council of India (MCI) cancelled the admission of 90 students of the 2007 MBBS batch.

During its inspection in 2005 the MCI had discovered that RIMS did not have an adequate number of faculty members to impart education to MBBS students and had asked the Union government to restrain the institute from taking admissions in the stream.

The government complied with the direction in May 2007.

“According to the MCI guideline, the teacher-student ratio for MBBS should have been 1:6. But this was not the case with RIMS. Thus, the MCI has taken such action. However, we have sufficient numbers of teachers now,” said Agarwal.

A student of the MBBS 2007 batch, Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar, held the state government responsible for the situation. “It was the duty of the state government to appoint adequate number of teachers in medical colleges. It will be wrong if a student has to suffer for the mistake committed by the government,” he said.

Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi is rushing to New Delhi tomorrow to meet the Union health minister. “I have taken an appointment to meet him on April 3 to plead our case,” he added.

Shahi called the action of the Union health ministry sheer highhandedness. “It showed their bias against a tribal state. We will fight it out,” he said.

The minister said RIMS was an asset for the state. “The gap of the faculties prescribed by MCI was a mere 20 percent. There are medical colleges in south India where the difference is over 40 per cent but yet they are not being de-recognised,” he pointed out.

Shahi said that 15 of 90 students, whose admission was cancelled by the Union health Ministry, were nominated by the MCI. “Why should the MCI nominate the students for admissions if the RIMS did not fulfil the requisite criteria?” he asked.

The Central government had based its decision on the inspection report of the MCI team.

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