Cancellation of addl 50 MBBS seats looms large over GMC Jammu

Govind Sharma
JAMMU, Nov 8: The threat of cancellation of additional 50 MBBS seats is looming large over Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu as the deficiencies pointed out by the Medical Council of India (MCI) have not been removed by the concerned functionaries of the premier institute of the region so far despite the fact that MCI team can pay fresh visit anytime during this month.
In every inspection conducted so far for enhancement of seats, administration of GMC Jammu faced sharp criticism from MCI Inspectors for big number of faculty being on incharge basis, absence of biometric attendance system, besides infrastructural deficiencies like inadequate capacity of emergency block, examination hall and library and non-availability of UG /PG/Intern hostel block and residential accommodation at RHTC block.
However, it seems that the present administration hasn’t learnt lessons on long awaited re-organisation of 50 MBBS seats, which if not achieved by the State Government shall not only amount to playing with the career of MBBS students who have already passed but also restrict GMC Jammu in admitting students on additional 50 MBBS seats in future.
According to the sources, almost all the deficiencies pointed out by the MCI team in its last visit to GMC Jammu have yet not been removed except some improvements on paramedical staff strength, e-class room, common room, electronic MRD Section etc.
They said that GMC Jammu has yet not conducted DPC of more than 90 faculty members. On the contrary, sources said GMC Srinagar has taken all the requisite steps with regard to faculty and infrastructure.
Sources further said that since their last visit to GMC, the MCI is sending repeated reminders regarding online faculty attendance monitoring system under digital mode project and last reminder was sent on November 3. Though few officials were assigned this job but they seem to have succumbed under the pressure of some blue eyed persons not to get it operationalized.
“It is surprising that there is full-fledged planning and monitoring department in the GMC Jammu whose job is to monitor the progress of the work and in case of any reasonless delay, to bring the matter to the notice of administration, but it has largely failed till date in this most important issue of the institution”, sources regretted.
If all these deficiencies are not removed before the upcoming visit of MCI, it is likely that MCI may take adverse action in the form of cancellation of additional 50 MBBS seats”, sources said.
When contacted, Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner/ Secretary, Health & Medical Education allayed apprehensions of cancellation of reorganization of additional 50 MBBS seats in GMC Jammu by the MCI. He said that all infrastructure deficiencies pointed out by the MCI in its last visit will soon be removed as work on all projects is going on at fast pace.
Regarding the most important issue of shortage of faculty members, he said that about one month back, he had taken up with PSC the case of conducting DPC of faculty members of GMC Jammu and then they had some queries regarding seniority of the faculty members, which, he said, have been cleared by submitting the seniority list and now within a day or two they will approach the PSC again for conducting the DPC.
Principal, GMC Jammu, Dr Sunanda Raina, when contacted, shared same views on DPC of faculty members while on infrastructure projects, she said that these take time but will be completed soon.
On biometric attendance system, she said that soon biometric attendance for faculty, Registrars, Demonstrators and Post Graduates will be started in GMC Jammu and associated hospitals, as the process has already been started and machines installed.