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MGM stalls seat increase

Jamshedpur, May 28: A proposal to increase seats at Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College has been put on hold.

Instead, the management has decided to increase the present strength of teaching staff in the college first. Earlier, the institute had decided to double the existing number of seats from this session.

At present, the college can accommodate 50 students at the undergraduate level. College principal A.N. Mishra said it was necessary to first preserve the college's academic quality.

"Currently, our teaching staff strength is 30 per cent less than the required level. We will first increase the number of teachers before taking any step to double seats," said Mishra.

He said that this year's selection procedure — done on merit-cum-choice basis — had already begun and only 50 students would be inducted at the undergraduate level.

As per the Medical Council of India's guidelines, undergraduate courses require a student-teacher ratio of 1:5, while postgraduate courses need to have a student-teacher ratio of 1:2.

College officials said that the council had directed the college to first upgrade the available facilities. The MGM college authorities have written to the state health department for taking steps to recruit more teachers.

Mishra said they also intended to add several facilities on their hospital premises in the current financial year. " In the new fiscal, we propose to upgrade the ICU facility at the hospital. We will also upgrade the infrastructure at the radiology department by adding some new machines," said Mishra. Source:telegraphindia

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