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Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) defers MCI inspection, PG courses to remain unrecognized

RANCHI: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here may be one of the premiere institutions of the country but as far as PG courses are  concerned many of them have never been recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) since its inception. This year PG students of anaesthesia and paediatrics departments were hopeful that their courses would get recognition after RIMS director N N Agarwal shot off letters to the medical council in March inviting an MCI team for inspection.

Much to the surprise of the students, however, the inspection was deferred once again by RIMS administration without citing any valid reason. Agarwal told TOI that unless the situation was favourable there was no point calling the inspectors.

"There are certain shortfalls in the departments in terms of strength of human resource and unless appointments are made, calling the MCI team will be of no use," he said adding that there is no time schedule fixed for fulfilling the shortfalls.

While the post-graduate degree in paediatrics is recognised, diploma in child health under the same department is not. Students argue that when degree course of the department is recognised it is sheer negligence on the part of the RIMS administration for failing to get the diploma course recognized. PG course in anaesthesia has also not been recognised.

One student said several batches have passed out and obtained degrees from Ranchi University but they have simply decided against taking MCI registration.

"MCI registration is required only when a doctor seeks employment in good medical college or government firm, while most doctors prefer private job and ignore even MCI registration," he said.

Due to strict MCI norms this year, the RIMS moved an application to invite MCI inspectors and get some of the courses recognised. Responding to the requisition, the MCI appointed Ranjana Chatterjee of RK Kar Medical college, Kolkata as inspector for the paediatrics department and communicated the matter to RIMS in first week of May.

Despite publication of advertisement for appointment of teachers in the department, it was cancelled by RIMS administration for reasons best known to it.

Subsequently, the clinical viva examination of students was delayed by two months by RIMS administration and students were convinced that examination would be conducted when the MCI inspectors visit is confirmed.

Later when appointments were not possible, the RIMS administration decided to defer the visit of the MCI team and students were directed to appear in examination (clinical and viva) on July 29 and 30 for which an undertaking has also been taken from the students.

"We were asked to sign a paper expressing our willingness to appear in clinical examination whereas we agreed to wait only when MCI inspection for recognition of the course was assured," said another student. Source:Timesofindia

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