Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 23:
The Odisha government, which is planning to set up of medical colleges across the state and increase the intake capacity in the three existing government medical colleges, has received a major blow with the Medical Council of India (MCI) derecognizing 26 PG seats at MKCG Medical College, Brahmapur and VSS Medical College, Burla- thanks to the callous attitude of the college authorities for the non-submission of compliances to the MCI.
The affected disciplines at MKCG Medical College are Biochemistry (1), Medicine (3), Opthalmology (1), Gen. Surgery (3), Orthopaedics (1) and ENT (1).
The 16 PG seats in VSS Medical College which were derecognised are Biochemistry (1), Medicine (4), Gen. Surgery (3), Orthopaedics (1), Radio-diagnosis (1), ENT (1), SPM (1), Paediatrics (1), Pathology (2) and TB & CD (1).
“In view of dearth of specialist hands in peripheral cadre to serve the rising need of patient care, the Health department initiates all out efforts and leaves no stone unturned to increase the P.G. seats and any feasible proposal for issue of essentiality certificate received from college authority is acted upon instantly by the government. But it is a matter of great regret and serious concern that this objective of government is miserably defeated due to callous and careless attitude of college authorities manifested in non-submission of timely compliance to MCI, which ultimately ends up in de-recognition of PG courses by MCI,” said Kulamani Mishra, deputy secretary of Health department to the dean and principal of the two medical colleges.
The department has asked the two college authorities to report within 3 days indicating the circumstances leading to non submission of desired compliance and not following up periodically with MCI.
It has also decided to take action the errant officials responsible for the non-submission of compliances to the MCI.
“The list of officials responsible for such lapses may be drawn up and passed to this end. On receipt of your report Principal Secretary has ordered to conduct a review meeting for finalising disciplinary action against the errant officers,” said the letter.