Medical Council of India (MCI) representative S.K. Chhatarwal, who inspected the department of forensic medicine and toxicology at RIMS in Ranchi on Tuesday, professed dissatisfaction with what he saw.
MCI inspects medical colleges running postgraduate courses before renewing affiliations every year.
In 2010, at the department of forensic medicine and toxicology, RIMS, the number of postgraduate (PG) seats was raised from two to three.
Chhatarwal, a doctor at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science, Rohtak, Haryana, first visited the PG research laboratory. He recommended RIMS director Tulsi Mahto and other employees to keep the equipment in an organised manner.
Chhatarwal asked the authorities to visit other PG institutes and learn how to maintain a research lab.
The deep freezer at the department caught his eye as its temperature showed –20°C instead of —4°C. At the post-mortem room, the exhaust fan was not working.
"Are you satisfied with the facilities? Will you recommend anyone to get inside under such nauseating conditions?" Chhatarwal asked the staff as they fumbled for replies.
Later, visiting the library, he asked for medical journals that the institution subscribes to. Unfortunately, he failed to get any international journal in his hands.
Chhatarwal inspected the forensic medicine and toxicology (FMT) museum and conference hall for nearly two hours after which he conducted a physical verification of professors.
However, RIMS director Mahto told The Telegraph that he was happy with the overall show. "An examinee can talk about his own performance. It is up to the evaluator to assess the performance. I believe the department will get affiliation as there are very few flaws. Those pointed out by Chhatarwal would be rectified soon," he said.
The department has two professors, two associate professors, two tutors, two medical officers, a toxicologist and an assistant professor. "RIMS has teaching manpower recommended by the MCI to conduct PG studies," Mahto said. source-telegraphindia.com