Dhanbad, Aug. 18: A three-member team from the Union health ministry visited Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) today to conduct a feasibility study for launching proposed postgraduate courses.
The team, comprising doctors B.S. Randhawa, B.C. Kavi and Nayan Singh, took stock of the staff strength and other infrastructure facilities besides holding talks with senior officials, including principal Arun Kumar Chaudhary and the heads of the departments.
More than six months ago, PMCH had approached the Centre to start postgraduate courses in all its 21 departments. The principal was pleased with today's inspection. "We hope that the Centre will give us permission to start the courses," he added.
President of the Dhanbad chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) A.K. Singh said introduction of postgraduate course would lend a boost to academic activities on the campus.
He also had a word of caution. "A Medical Council of India team is scheduled to visit PMCH on August 23-24. If the team de-recognises the college on the grounds of staff shortage, there will be no point in launching the course," Singh said.
He added that the state had turned a deaf ear to IMA's repeated requests to appoint more teachers.
"The psychiatry department had to be closed due to lack of faculty members while the radiology department is running without a specialist. Several other departments are on the verge of closure," Singh said.
"Had the state administration not raised the retirement age of doctors from 60 to 62, many other departments would be doing without their heads," Singh said. He also demanded promotion for the teachers. source:telegraphindia.com