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Health dept seeks details from Jharkhand Medical Colleges

RANCHI: Health department principal secretary A K Sircar has directed all three medical colleges in the state to submit details of seats and corresponding facilities along with the requirement of infrastructure as per guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to decide increasing seats for admission to MBBS course.

A meeting in this regard was convened by chief secretary A K Singh along with health department officials and representatives of the medical colleges here on Wednesday.

The state government is mulling a plan to increase the number of seats for MBBS courses from 190 to 350. As per proposal, number of seats at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) would be increased from 90 to 150 in the first phase and consecutively to 250 whereas the seats at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur, and Patliputra Medical College Hospital, Dhanbad, would be increased from 50 to 100 each.

Sircar said, as per MCI guidelines, for every seat of medical college there are certain standard parameters of infrastructure and faculty strength, which the state needs to fulfil before applying for increasing the seats.

"We have asked the medical colleges to furnish the details of gap between existing infrastructure and requirement as per MCI norms when the seats are increased," he said.

Sircar added that the government would enclose the details of requirement before forwarding the proposal to the chief minister's office. Giving deadline till Friday morning to the medical colleges, the department is also analysing possibilities of utilizing the available infrastructure at medical colleges for including them in the report being prepared for claiming enhancement of seats.

RIMS officials suggested that most of the institutes are ready in terms of physical infrastructure but the strength of faculty is the only bottleneck. "MCI is particular about student-teacher ratio and the number of seats permitted for any course depends upon the strength of faculty," said Ajay Kumar, former vice-president of Indian Medical Association, adding that new appointments would be necessary in case the number of seats are increased. He also said beginning with 150 seats in 1960, the number of admissions for MBBS course went up to 225 but later with exodus of teachers and delay in appointment student-teacher ratio came down thereby bringing down the permissible admissions to '90s after mid '80s. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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