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Teacher crunch a learning block at MGM college

Jamshedpur, Jan. 8: Inadequate number of teachers has left students at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in the lurch.

The worst victim of the staff crunch is the quality of education in most clinical departments here.

The college has 104 sanctioned posts of teachers (professors, associated professors and assistant professors) but at present only 40 per cent of the positions are full.

Out of 13 departments, only five have professors and the rest of the posts in the other departments are vacant.

Gynaecology, paediatric, eye, ENT and medicine departments have professors but students at surgery, orthopaedic, clinical pathology, skin, radiology, radiotherapy, anaesthesia, intensive care unit (ICU) and intensive care critical unit (ICCU) are doing without the required number of guides. This apart, paediatric, eye, skin, orthopaedic, radiology, anaesthesia, clinical pathology, radiotherapy and surgery departments are also running without associate professors.

In the absence of adequate number of professors and associate professors, the quality of education has deteriorated. And as a result, students are now in two minds on continuing their education here.

However, the college principal is confident of tiding over the situation soon.

Principal of the college A.N. Mishra conceded that the medical college is facing severe staff crunch, specially with professors and associated professors but he said he has initiated the process of filling up these vacant positions soon.

According to Mishra, he has suggested that some assistant professors be promoted to the post of associated professors and associated professors as professors. In this regard, he sent a recommendation list and hopes it would materialise within January and March this year.

"I have recommended some teachers and am positive that the staff crunch would be sorted out soon," said Mishra, adding that the authorities in Ranchi are also looking into the matter and are trying to fill up the posts soon in the interest of the students.

Sources in the college's department of health and medical education is res- ponsible for such crisis situation. "As the health department does not have a clear cut policy of promoting teachers in the medical college, many qualified teachers have left after being neglected for a long time," a source in the college said. source:telegraphindia

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