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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

HRD warning against ragging

Ranchi, May 21: Zero tolerance to ragging. That's the stern stance that educational institutes have taken against the R-word this academic season following a directive from the state human resource development (HRD) department.

Acting on a Supreme Court directive that has asked educational institutes to expel students indulging in ragging and file FIRs against them, the department has issued a notice today. Warning the students, the notice says that strict action will be taken against the guilty on the basis of the apex court's order.

With the admission process picking up after the announcements of ISC, ICSE and state matriculation results, colleges and varsities have chalked out plans to deal with ragging incidents.

As a pre-emptive measure, most schools and colleges have made their stands against ragging known in their prospectus. Many institutes have decided to hand over transfer certificates to the guilty besides maintaining a vigil on the campus.

A.A. Khan, the vice-chancellor of Ranchi University, said: "As soon as classes commence in July, we will form an anti-ragging committee, comprising both teachers and students." On the other hand, Marwari College has made it possible for the students to register complaints at the college website. "Any student feeling insecure on the campus can file complaints at our website, www.marwaricollege.org, and we will immediately take action. Guilty students will be expelled," principal Javed Ahmed said.

He added that they had already have formed an anti-ragging committee comprising seven members. "The committee members will keep a tab on campus activities," he said.

Gurunanak Higher Secondary School has decided to depute teachers at isolated corners of the school.

Marriage Hall for RIMS Employees

Ranchi, May 18: Guess what's on offer for the employees of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi.

A marriage hall, when a fresh paint of their living quarters, proper roads and a little bit of green in the open space of the colony are the need of the hour.

The RIMS management is setting up the marriage hall — perhaps the first for any state-run hospital — at the staff colony at Rs 1.57 crore. Earlier, the authorities had proposed to come up with a shopping complex on the premises. But a rap from Jharkhand High Court forced the management to scrap the project.

Construction of the state-of-the-art marriage hall, complete with accommodation facilities, is almost over and at present, only finishing touches are being given. It is likely to be inaugurated within a fortnight.

Spread over 6,000sqft, the hall, having a capacity to accommodate 500 people, has 12 rooms, corridors, balconies, two kitchens and eight bathrooms attached to it. There are six rooms on the ground floor and five rooms on the first floor of which four are air-conditioned. An open space of 28,000sqft, flaunting a fountain and a garden, surrounds it. As many as 50 cars can be parked on the premises.

RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal defended the project, saying that there was nothing wrong in constructing a marriage hall. "It is for the welfare of our employees. Several organisations offer such facility to its staff," he said.

But wouldn't it have been better if the money was spent to upgrade the colony? To this, Aggarwal said a forum had been formed for this purpose. "I want to involve the residents while developing the colony. Recently, street lights were put up. Other facilities will follow soon," he said.Source:Telegraphindia

fair drug price

Ranchi, May 18: Jharkhand Chemist and Druggist Association (JCDA) has announced a new company that would buy medicines directly from manufacturers and sell it at reduced prices.

At the end of an executive committee meeting yesterday, JCDA general secretary Amar Kumar Sinha told The Telegraph that the new company would have an authorised capital of Rs 2 crore. The 20,000 members of the company, comprising medicine retailers, distributors, C&F agents and wholesalers, have been invited to participate in the new venture.

The new company would be named Jharkhand Chemist and Druggist Alliance Ltd and would work under the guidance of the All India Chemist and Druggist Alliance Ltd, floated by the national body of chemists and druggists.

Sinha pointed out that large corporate houses were rapidly entering the direct retail market in a big way. They are now threatening to eat up the entire chain of wholesalers, distributors, C&F agents and others engaged in the drug trade. These big houses with unlimited money are tying up with drug manufacturers for sale of products directly to consumers.

To ensure that the interests of the entire chain — beginning with wholesalers to the distributors and C&F agents — that number around 20,000 in Jharkhand are looked after, the new company has decided to enter the drug market. They would tie up with manufacturers to obtain the benefits of bulk purchases at reduced prices and a portion of the profits would benefit consumers by way of reduced prices.

"In addition, the new company would undertake educational programmes like counselling for traders and patients and even providing drug advice. The company would also organise free medical camps with specialised doctors in attendance in the remotest areas where, in most cases, even the state-run centres are in bad shape," the JCDA general sec retary said.

Six such free medical camps have already been organised in the state at Simdega, Sarath, Palkot, Gumla, Deoghar and in Ranchi.source:Telegraph India

Two medicos suspended for ragging at RNT Medical College in Udaipur

11 May 2009 :  JAIPUR: In yet another ragging incident in the state, two students were beaten up ruthlessly by their seniors at RNT Medical College in Udaipur.

  

Hathipole police, under whose jurisdiction the college falls, have arrested both the accused. A local court has remanded the accused to judicial custody.

The college
administration has suspended the duo from the college as well as the hostel and barred them from attending classes. Principal secretary, medical education, Lalit Kothari had directed the college administration to constitute an inquiry committee.

According to reports, Sunil Kumar Bhati of Hanumangarh and Gaurav Ladha of Bhilwara, both MBBS first-year students, were returning from the
college library on Friday evening when Vinod Singh of Sawai Madhopur and Amar Singh of Jhunjhunu stopped them. The latter, who had failed in the first-year examination, asked the former their names and demanded that they stand on their knees.

When Sunil and Gaurav offered resistance, they were beaten up black and blue by the seniors. The juniors reported the matter to Hathipole police, who arrested Vinod and Amar from the hostel premises on Saturday.

The disciplinary committee of college recorded the statement of all students and recommended suspension of the accused. The victims were served notice for not informing the college administration about the incident. Source:Timesofindia

New power feeder for MGM

 
 
Jamshedpur, May 8: The Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) has decided to install a separate feeder for smooth supply of electricity to MGM Medical College in Dimna, following the recent boycott of exams by students.

The feeder that will be installed by Saturday promises better power supply to the college. Power problems in the college started after JSEB allowed power connections from the same feeder to residential colonies near the college.

"We are working on it and the installation will be complete by May 9. The separate feeder will supply electricity for 20 hours at least, if not more," said A.K. Trivedi, the general manager of JSEB.

About 300 students had called a strike and organised a demonstration on May 4 to protest against poor power supply.

The students have now given the board a deadline of May 9, after which they have threatened to intensify agitation.

The anatomy and forensic science department has been affected the most by the poor power supply. Students said that electricity was available just for seven to eight hours a day, making it difficult for them to attend classes.

"Anatomy classes are at a standstill for it is difficult to keep corpses without electricity. We are not able to carry out dissections because of the unavailability of bodies," said college student Abhijit Vipul.

The students' body will conduct a meeting tomorrow to decide on the future course of action. Medical students have also threatened to move to streets if their demands are not met.

"Though the JSEB has promised, we do not feel there'll be any improvement. We will wait till Saturday and then decide what to do next. The college administration is also with us," said Vipul.source:telegraphindia
 

Swine FLU Alert

A swine flu alert has been sounded in the state.

Taking precautionary measures to prevent outbreak, the administration today asked all civil surgeons and medical colleges to be on guard. On the other hand, Birsa Agriculture University (BAU), Ranchi, sent out SOS to more than 101 pig farmers in the state, directing them to get their animals vaccinated immediately to prevent any outbreak.

The state has appointed Pradeep Baskey, the deputy director of Integrated Child Development Scheme, as the state nodal officer for the flu.

Jitendra Kumar, the director in chief of medical services in Jharkhand, along with Baskey, today attended a meeting on swine flu convened by the director-general of health services of India. After the meeting, Kumar said preparations to tackle possible outbreak of swine flu in the state have been done on the order of the central government.

The state has directed three medical colleges — Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur, and Pataliputra Medical College, Dhanbad — to create "special rooms" for treatment of any H1N1 virus-affected persons. Civil surgeons in the districts have been told to immediately inform the state headquarters if they detect any such case.

"The superintendents of the three medical colleges have been directed to keep aside six-bed isolation rooms where such patients can be treated," said Kumar. He added that in each medical college, a team of doctors had been formed to attend to swine flu cases. Besides, the three hospitals have been equipped with a control room.

He added that necessary medicines had already been acquired from the Centre and were being sent to medical colleges and district-level Sadar hospitals across the state.

Kumar also clarified that it had not yet been confirmed whether the H1N1 virus was carried by pigs. He said the office of the director-general of health services has directed the state authorities to educate the people about the disease to dispel fear.

Meanwhile, BAU has asked all pig farmers to maintain hygiene at their farms. "Do not feed your pigs stale food. Hygiene needs to be maintained at the pig sheds. Ensure that the pigs are bathed twice or thrice daily," reads the SOS sent by Sant Kumar Singh, the head of animal genetics and nutrition at Ranchi Veterinary College.Source:telegraphindia.com

Fake admissions in Jharkhand Medical colleges

Ranchi, May 3: The vigilance team, assigned to detect fake admission cases in state-run medical colleges, has shortlisted 25 students of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM) in Jamshedpur.
 
 
The team will interrogate the students tomorrow.

The shortlisted students are enrolled in different batches of the institute and discrepancies have been found in some of their documents submitted during admission in the medical college.

The vigilance department detected the discrepancies after its first round of document verification from November 1 last year. The documents were collected from different sources.

Vigilance director-general Neyaz Ahmed and deputy inspector-general Vinay Kumar Pandey refused to comment on the matter.

Deputy superintendent of police (vigilance) P.K. Karn, however, said that it was an effort to talk to the students directly and collect something from them. "Shortlisting of candidates and talking to them directly is a part of inquiry. It may help us zero in on the real culprit," he said.

Sources said the students were scared of the questions to be put up before them. "None of the students has faced any vigilance officer and they are worried. While some of them are busy finding faults in their documents, some are worried about their signature they had put at different places. There are some also who are worried about frequent changes in address because of transferable jobs of their parents," said a friend of one of the students.

The vigilance team, in process of investigation, had collected thumb impression, handwriting and photographs besides permanent and local addresses of more than 150 MBBS students of RIMS, MGM and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital, Dhanbad.

Then health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi ordered the vigilance inquiry into the entire episode on October 11 last year after authorities at RIMS and Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board stumbled upon at least seven cases of fake admission.

A preliminary investigation suggested that the photographs affixed on the students' Class XII admit cards and board forms did not bear resemblance to their faces. Source:telegraphindia
 

Students of engineering and medical aspirants in date dilemma

Ranchi, May 3: Karnataka or Jharkhand? Thousands of engineering and medical aspirants in the state seem to be asking this question as the joint entrance examinations of the two states have fallen back-to-back with a gap of only a day.

The state joint entrance examination is slated on May 19, a day after Karnataka conducts its tests on May 17. Students, who have registered for both the examinations, say that it would not be possible for them to come back from Karnataka in a day.

In fact, many said they would have to forgo the May 19 test if the Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB), the body that conducts the joint entrance examination in engineering, medial, agriculture, forestry, veterinary and dental courses, did not defer the examination.

"I will opt for Karnataka if dates in Jharkhand are not deferred. It will be next to impossible to come back to the state from Karnataka in a day," said Sumit Kumar, an engineering aspirant from Chaibasa (West Singhbhum), who will leave for Bangalore on May 13.

Sources in JCECEB said that the board was contemplating to either pre-pone or post-pone the exam. "We are contemplating a date change, but no final decision has been taken yet," said a JCECEB official, requesting anonymity.

However, state technical education director Arun Kumar, who is also an ex-officio office-bearer of JCECEB, told The Telegraph there were thin chances of deferring the dates. "We normally ensure that dates of national-level examinations such as IIT-JEE and AIEEE do not clash with those of state joint entrance examination. But it will not be feasible to defer the dates because it is coinciding with the test of some state board," Kumar said.

JCECEB sources said around 35,000 students have registered for the tests, about 5,000 more than last year. "But if they do not sit for the exams, state engineering colleges will lose out on brilliant students," an official said. source:telegrapgindia

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