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Central Laboratory of RIMS

The Central Laboraory, not only, is serving the hospital investigations , its being the integral part of RIMS, the only and sole medical institution in the state of Jharkhand. Patients are being referred not only from the PHC, sub centers of local & surrounding 211 blocks and uncountable villages but also from very far and distant places ( approx. 22 districts) covering 70 % of patient below poverty line (red card holders). This laboratory now caters the need of diagnostic health care of people of Ranchi district as well as the state of Jharkhand.

This laboratory has joined National Health Program relating to reduction of disease by controlling of the communicable diseases, which affects the poor and vulnerable populations, like Malaria, AIDS etc.

This laboratory has already been selected to support the diagnostic provisions of upcoming super specialty departments of RIMS.

Director, RIMS, Dr. N.N. Aggarwal

Giant leap towards success

Personnel & team of Central Laboratory shows its gratitude to all clinicians, surgeons , consultants ,residents and administrators of RIMS and Ranchi , who have shown their tremendous faith in the work and performances of this lab other wise it was impossible to attract the progressive increasing work load from initial 3940 (in the month of Jan-2007) to 14308 (in the month of July- 2008), which has gracefully broken all its previous records. This is another marked mile stone towards achieving its goal and target.


Authority of RIMS & Govt. of Jharkhand have already taken initiative for upgrading the facilities and to improve the diagnostic centers in RIMS. Central lab is likely to be made more sophisticated by installing more sophisticated and modernized diagnostic equipment and machinery and skilled man power so that it may be possible to cop up in discharging its work load in norms of absolute quality control within shortest period of time in the benefit of patients and people of the state. Source:riimsranchi.wordpress.com

President asks states to enact laws to check ragging

New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Concerned over several incidents of ragging reported from across the country, President Pratibha Patil Friday wrote to all the state governments to enact laws to prevent ragging in educational institutions.
In a letter written to all governors and Lieutenant Governors, Patil asked them to help to eliminate the menace of ragging.

Pratibha Patil"The Supreme Court has already taken a strong stand on ragging and rules and regulations including laws have already been enacted at different levels or are in the process of being enacted. The governors and lt. governors need to consider whether such legislation, if it does not exist in their states and union territories, could be brought in," a communique from the President's Office said.

The president said that the repeated incidents indicates "the perverse practice of ragging has not only become rampant in our educational institutions but acquired hideous proportions costing the sanity and life of some of the students".

"What is more worrisome is the persistent spread of this scourge both across a range of educational institutions as also across the length and breadth of our country. Such disorderly, aggressive, and inhuman conduct on the part of senior students inflicting physical cruelty and mental torment on the freshers has outraged society at large," she said.

According to the president, it is the primary responsibility of the management of educational institutions and the teachers to prevent ragging. However, "it would make eminent sense if parents and guardians are mobilised to counsel their wards to behave more responsibly and be supportive in their dealings with their juniors".

"As the new academic calendar is about to commence soon, time has come when all the stake holders in the realm of education and civil society need to seriously ponder and put their act together to prevent the menace of ragging," she said.Source:thaindian.com

Medical colleges offer PG degree with no hospital

NEW DELHI: The state of affairs pertaining to private medical and dental colleges is getting murkier.

Close on the heels of the capitation fee scam in medical colleges of Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Friday stumbled upon another blatant violation of rules in permitting private dental colleges to be attached to government hospitals for practicals of PG students.

Counsel for Dental Council of India (DCI) Gaurav Sharma opposed grant of permission to Surendra Dental College and Research Institute to admit students for post-graduation courses on the ground that it had no valid tie-up with a hospital. Since PG courses were more practical-oriented than classroom based, non-attachment to a hospital would jeopardise the standard of education, he said.

To counter this, the college at Sri Ganganagar produced a letter dated May 26, 2009, from the health department of Rajasthan allowing it to be attached to the government hospital in the town "till 2012-13 academic session or till construction of its own hospital".

Sharma pointed out that another private college -- Maharaja Ganga Singh Dental College, Sri Ganganagar -- was permitted by the state government to be attached to the same government hospital. "In the larger public interest, it is not appropriate to attach two dental colleges for the purpose of clinical training with a government hospital as the same would definitely deteriorate the standards of dental education," DCI said.

The Bench, returning the letter to the college's counsel, senior advocate P S Narasimha, said, "Mr Narasimha, we won't pass any order. You see the worth of this letter. It appears as if it is just taken out of the minister's pocket."

The letter, in possession of TOI, was written by a deputy secretary to the Rajasthan government and starts with "I am directed to write..." and ends by forwarding a copy of it to the private secretary of the health minister.

The college, through counsel Bina Madhavan, pointed out to the court that the college satisfied the regulations by being attached to a hospital. It also assailed the decision of DCI not to grant permission to it to admit students for the academic year 2009-10, for which it had already appointed teaching staff.

The Bench refused to accede to the college's request for an immediate inspection of the institute by DCI for infrastructure facilities, including the strength of faculty, and give its report to the Centre for permission to start post-graduate courses.

The court issued notice to the Centre, which sought four weeks time to file a reply. It ordered the matter to be listed two weeks after the Centre has filed its reply so as to allow others to respond to the Union government's stand. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes

Ragging helpline tips - How to Use it.

The helpline aims to help victims of ragging within minutes of their complaints. It will be operational at all hours. A four-digit, toll-free number will become operational once the helpline is launched. The steps being planned:

Step 1: A ragged student or a friend calls the helpline.

Step 2: The distress message is automatically stored in a central database with time, location and details of caller.

Step 3: The message is instantly replayed from the central control room, simultaneously alerting the head of the institution, the warden of the hostel and an appointed nodal officer of the affiliating university.

Step 4: An officer at the central control room will decide, immediately after the distress call, whether the case needs immediate intervention from district officials and police. If so, the message will be relayed to the district magistrate and the superintendent of police.

Step 5: The complaint will be placed on a website to enable the media and citizens to keep track of follow-up action.

Step 6: At the institution, its head will be required to act "immediately" on receiving the complaint. The head and the hostel warden will be held responsible for follow-up action.

Step 7: The head and the warden will have to alert an anti-ragging squad they are required to constitute in the institution. This squad is to consist of students and representatives of the staff. Its mandate is to be prepared for physical intervention in ragging cases 24x7.

Step 8: The squad is expected to intervene at the offence site, stop or prevent any ragging, and collect any evidence, including witness testimonies. If the victim called after the incident, or the anti-ragging squad could not arrive on time, the squad will initiate action against the accused.

Step 9: The institute head has to decide, within 24 hours of receiving the call, whether to register an FIR. Independently of any police action, the institute must complete its inquiry and action must be completed in seven days.

Step 10: The central database will also store the status of the action taken. It will also be made available to an NGO nominated by the Centre.

Step 11: Failure by the institute to act can lead to a range of punishments — from disciplinary action against the head, warden or members of the staff to declaring the institute doesn't meet academic standards.Source:.telegraphindia

TOLL FREE ANTI-RAGGING HELPLINE- Started on 20th June 2009.



1800-180-5522   AND

155222 - Under Implementation



Make Use of it. Don't misuse it.

New Delhi: With an aim to curb the increasing incidents of ragging, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is all set to start a national call centre to enable ragging victims from across the country to register their complaints by dialing a toll free number from today.

The helpline is equipped with software that will pass on the complaints directly to the head of the institution within 15 minutes to help the administration protect the victims.

The functioning of the helpline will be monitored by the UGC and it will be operational around the clock.

The Education Consultancy India Ltd (ECIL) has been entrusted with the job of setting up of the national call centre.

A strict guideline was issued by the UGC to set up the national call centre to enable ragging victims from across the country to register their complaints by dialing a toll free number.

The decision has been widely hailed by teachers and students, who feel this, would check the growing instances of ragging.

Further, under the Anti-Ragging Law, offenders can be fined up to Rs.2.5 lakh or rusticated for one to four semesters if found guilty.

The new provisions laid down by the UGC also requires that the parents and students give a written undertaking, at the time of admission, that they are aware of the ragging guidelines and will report any such incident.

"This is a welcome step taken by the UGC. It will boost the confidence of new students," said a fresher.source:indiaedunews.net

Expert promises cheap liver transplant

Ranchi, June 16: Liver transplant will no longer be heavy on the pocket.

Dinesh Ranjan, the chief of transplant and professor of surgery at University of Kentucky, US, is in town to create awareness on liver transplantation. He also plans to set up the first liver and pancreas transplant centre in the state.

An alumnus of RIMS, Dr Ranjan, said: "With growing number of diabetics and alcohol addicts in developing countries, liver and pancreas ailments are on the rise. In such a situation, transplantation of liver and pancreas becomes necessary but due to lack of awareness patients often suffer. I want to start a transplantation centre here with world-class facilities and at the same time make it affordable for the common man."

Ranjan has so far successfully transplanted 800 livers and 300 pancreas in his 30-year medical career in the US and is regarded as one of the pioneers in transplant surgery globally.

Liver transplantation is the only solution for ailments like cirrhosis of liver. It is a consequence of chronic liver disease caused by heavy alcohol intake, occurrence of Hepatitis B or C, he pointed out.

"The cost of liver or pancreas transplantation in India comes up to around Rs 15 to 20 lakh that is beyond the reach of middle class patients. I intend to render all my services free and visit Jharkhand five to six times a year.

"Apart from this, I have constituted a team of local doctors who also render their services free. The state has also given the approval to extend help in finding donors in the country," he said. Source:Telegraphindia

RIMS students go on the rampage

RANCHI: The 2006 batch of the undergraduate students of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday ransacked the administrative
building of the institute seeking announcement of their examination schedule.

The agitators, numbering about 90, indulged in brick-batting and stone pelting. Besides, breaking the windowpanes of the administrative building, they even lay a siege to the director's chamber for over three hours to press for the fulfilment of their demand.

The mayhem continued till the director-cum-chief executive of the RIMS, N N Agrawal, faxed a request letter to the controller of examination, Ranchi University, asking him to conduct the examination by the second week of July. Agrawal also apprised the RU VC of the matter.

Around 12 noon, the students gathered outside the director's chamber after their efforts to meet the dean, S N Choudhary, proved futile. On Tuesday, the students had called on RU examination controller A K Mahto but failed to draw any assurance on the conduct of examination that has been delayed since March due to the general elections.

Prompted by the RIMS Junior Doctors Association (JDA), the medicos called on Agrawal and asked him to take up the matter with the university authorities.

According to a JDA member, Kundan, the students are quite worried about their future since their examination for the second professional course scheduled for March 2009 has been delayed for over three months. Strangely, even as the notifications for the 2004 and 2008 batches were issued recently, there was no mention of the 2006 batch.

Another 2006 batch student said that instead of pursuing their studies , the students have been running from pillar to post to get their examination schedule announced. He said the university had announced earlier that their examination would be conducted after the elections. But a notification issued on March 18 said that the examination would be held from April 2.

"In view of the prevailing confusion over the examination dates, many students left for their native places. Since they did not have money on their return for filling up the examination forms, we unanimously decided to fill up the forms later when fresh dates for the examination are announced," said a student on the condition of anonymity. He said that students of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, too, are facing similar problems.

He said that even as the university authorities asked students to fill up forms and pay penalty later for the delay, no firm assurance was given on the examination schedule.

Agrawal, however, said that the university is ready to conduct examination by the second week of July. He said the VC has agreed to waive off the late fine clause. source:TimesofIndia.

Inherited lung disease gene identified

WASHINGTON: Baylor College of Medicine researchers have identified the gene behind a rare, deadly developmental disorder of the lungs called
alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV).

The disease that usually kills the infants born with it within the first month of life results from deletions or mutations in the FOXF1 transcription factor gene, said a consortium of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

"There is no question that these data are convincing," said Dr. Pawel Stankiewicz, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM.

"This is the gene responsible for 30 to 40 percent of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins cases. It is involved in angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessel) and lung development," he added.

He credited Dr. Claire Langston, distinguished service professor emeritus of pathology and pediatrics at BCM, with making the study possible because of her long-term interest in the disease. Dr. Partha Sen, assistant professor of pediatrics - nutrition at BCM, was instrumental in collecting unique samples from 25 families whose children were born with the disease for more than a decade.

Finding the gene may make it easier to diagnose the problem in children born with the disorder and to counsel families about the risk of the disease in future children, Stankiewicz said.

The disorder is rare with fewer than 200 cases reported worldwide. The study based at BCM seeks to test blood and tissue from infants born with the disorder and their parents to find the cause and develop a test for the disease.

Generally, infants born with the disease have defects in the normal air-blood diffusion barrier in their lungs. They usually become critically ill soon after birth and they respond poorly to standard treatments used to help children who have lung or breathing problems at birth. Most die soon after birth. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

UPA minister-run med college wants Rs 20 lakh donation

3 Jun 2009: CHENNAI: Less than a week after the Tamil Nadu government claimed to have put in place a system to curb collection of capitation fees by private

medical colleges , a TOI investigation has caught on camera officials of two leading medical colleges demanding Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh for an MBBS seat.

The investigation exposes how Chennai-based colleges violate an SC order and state legislation banning capitation fee. Officials of Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) and Shree Balaji Medical College and Hospital were caught on camera demanding donations from a student who cleared his Class XII exams this year.

While Shree Balaji College asked for Rs 20 lakh, SRU demanded Rs 40 lakh for an MBBS seat. The colleges have 150 seats each. DMK MP and Union minister of state for information and broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan is the chairman of Shree Balaji Medical College and Hospital while SRU is run by a trust led by industrialist V R Venkataachalam.

When informed of TOI's investigation , state authorities promised to conduct an inquiry.

The Balaji college administrative officer, Johnson, is on camera directing the student to meet '' an agent' ' at the Shree Lakshmi Ammal Educational Trust at 29, Tilak Street, T Nagar, where "negotiations " for the capitation fee of Rs 20 lakh could be conducted.

Asked if rates could be reduced , Johnson said: "Minister (Jagathrakshakan ) tells us to charge not less than 20 lakh. Recommendations are all humbug. Nothing will happen. You meet Lakshmi," he said, referring to the agent.

The college, he said, would at best allow parents to pay the capitation fee in three installments before January 2010, but he insisted that the amount would have to be paid "only in cash" at T Nagar , in the heart of the city, where the Trust has an office in a twostorey building.

Lakshmi, who is in charge of the Trust, says she could give no guarantee that a seat would be available for Rs 14 lakh (the amount we quoted). "You book your seat with an advance of Rs 2 lakh. We will see if we can offer you the rate that you ask for. But if you don't book, the price would go up," she said.

Some other medical colleges charge more than double this amount. TOI has on camera Sri Ramachandra University deputy registrar (admissions) Dr A Subramaniyan telling the student that the capitation fee is Rs 40 lakh. He quickly clarified that this does not include the fees of Rs 3.25 lakh per annum. "There are chances that the fees get increased , then you may have to shell out more money every year. If you are ready with Rs 40 lakh we can start admission," he said.
Anil, Taiwan, says: Not only TamilNadu.... almost all the private institutions in all the states within india are run by Ministers or EX-Ministers are selling the educations..... There is no merrit cadre...all are money minded and since the govt is in the hands of corrupt ministers then how can we except them to change the laws... No one is fit for nothing to be as ministers... All are very clear to suck to blood of the indian people....Even in Anna university if you see almost 30% are not from merrit they get the seats by paying money to the ministers or the Anna universtiy chancellor or VC... because they say that its their quota.... bloody reservations.... In India...even if u dont have a knowledge to read and write you can become a ChiefMinister or Primeminister and now even IAS ... IPS also what a shame.... on indian government...and indian people...Source:/economictimes.indiatimes.com

Medical scam just got bigger: PG seats for Rs 2 cr

5 Jun 2009:CHENNAI: The TOI report on MBBS seats sold for between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 40 lakh by two private colleges in Chennai barely exposes the tip of the


The scam gets bigger, more brazen as medical graduates embark on specializations that are necessary for a successful career. The price this year for a post-graduate seat in radiology in most leading private colleges across the country is Rs 2 crore while in cardiology, gynaecology and orthopaedics are priced around Rs 1.5 crore.

The main reason for such high rates is the dearth of seats for PG programmes. The average ratio of undergraduate (MBBS) seats to those for post-graduate is 100:29. In effect, nearly 32,000 doctors graduate from medical schools across the country every year, and the number of PG seats available to them is roughly one-third of the requirement.

Across India, there are 9,085 seats for clinical courses like cardiology, radiology, orthopaedics and gynaecology; a mere 662 seats for pre-clinical courses such as anatomy and physiology, and 1,303 seats in para-clinical programmes like pathology, micro-biology and forensic medicine. Of these, a large percentage are in private institutions which enjoy the freedom to charge hefty donations, which means, a bright MBBS graduate with no means to pay has few options.

``In India, only 80 doctors can become cardiologists in a year, while in the US, there are 800 positions to train cardiologists. As for kidney specialists, the US has more nephrologists of Indian origin than India has. India has only 60 seats for nephrology,'' said a Bangalore-based surgeon, who has been fighting for transparent admission procedures in admissions to graduate and post-graduate seats.
``Overall, less than 10% of the graduating medical batch gets PG seats through the general (government) pool,'' said the surgeon. Most PG seats, in simple terms, are auctioned or sold to the highest bidder. It's a system of exploitation that finds its eventual victim in the patient .
A senior doctor says, ``I agree the authorities can't increase seats easily because they don't have that many faculty members. But we need to make necessary amendments to the existing law to meet our growing demand. In the US, even an 80-year-old surgeon is legally authorized to do a brain surgery but here we ask a 60-year-old to retire from teaching,'' he said.
Another senior expert, who has held prestigious posts at the national level, says he has urged the UGC to hold centralized examinations like JEE for admissions to both MBBS and PG courses. ``It's a national shame to commercialize education. Besides, death of merit affects the quality of medical education. When money is paid, these colleges ensure that the exit is definite. The students pass, qualified or not,'' he said.
mohan, Goa, says: Hail India.... Hail Politician.... Most of the pvt medical colleges are run by politicians or their near and dear. Foremost the politicians should not be given licences to run instutions for professional colleges. if at all given they should publish their accounts every year in news papers. They should be subject to propreity audit by renowed public figures well versed in these aspects.

Kanaraja, Chennai, says: The only way to prevent selling of Seats in Medical colleges is for the medical council or UGC to conduct examinations and admit students on the basis of merits. But I don't think that this will happen, because all these authorities are in co hoots with the private managements.

chandrasekar, chennai, says: Can anyone tell me what will happen if I comment on this (medical seats). I lost my peace of mind by reading this article and nothing else. So long as money power speaks the system never gets disturbed. Let me also not go further on this as I am concerned about my safety then commenting on this. Let us watch and enjoy others' sufferings at the hands of a few and relax. source:economictimes.indiatimes.com

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