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RIMS Ranchi likely to reduce PG seats

RANCHI: Peeved over shortage of faculty in post graduate departments of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), leading to threats of de-recognition by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the college administration is now contemplating to reduce the seats in post graduate departments.

However, the state government is yet to take a final decision in this regard.

RIMS director NN Agarwal on Monday conducted a meeting with the departmental heads to seek their opinion about reducing the PG seats but the proposal was refuted almost unanimously. The HoDs opined that RIMS was the only institution in the state, which offers PG courses and reduction of seats will only lead to unrest among undergraduate students.

At present the three medical colleges in state- RIMS, Ranchi, Patliputra Medical College, Dhanbad, and MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur, grants 190 MBBS degrees every year against an availability of 86 PG seats.

Talking to TOI, Agrawal said the MCI team during its visits have raised questions over disproportionate teaching staff and student strength. Unless the disparity is settled, the threat of PG courses being de-recognised will continue to loom large.

It is now for the government to decide whether it will reduce the number of PG seats or distribute PG courses to rest of the medical colleges, said Agarwal.

Though the recent visit of MCI team was to review the available infrastructure for undergraduate courses, disparity in teaching staff and students in PG department also violates the MCI guidelines, said the RIMS director.

Expressing concern over the proposed reduction of PG seats, president, Junior Doctors Association (JDA) Abhishek Mundu said, "The number of PG seats have already been reduced to 86 from 150. But if the seats are further reduced, MMBS degree holders from the state will be unable to pursue higher studies".

One of the senior professors on the condition of anonymity said, "The RIMS administration under no circumstances should recommend the government about reducing the number of seats. Presently medical graduates of a particular state are not allowed to join PG courses in other state. In such a situation efforts should be made to increase the seats instead of reducing," he said.

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