SKIMS Gyne Deptt yet to be recognized, PGs suffer

Irfan Tramboo
SRINAGAR, Apr 24: The Gynecology Department of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura Srinagar is yet to be recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) as authorities have failed to fulfill the basic requirements with the result the Post Graduates get unrecognized degrees.
In 2012, SKIMS had applied for the MCI recognition after which two back to back inspections were conducted in 2016. The MCI, subsequently, refused to recognize the department given the shortcomings in terms of machinery and required expansions of the hospital building.
“After the inspection in 2016, the MCI had asked for the basic requirements to be fulfilled for the recognition. However, even after the passage of 3 years, there has been no compliance on the part of the administration so far,” an official said.
The official said that the process of procuring the machinery has been witnessing too much delay, with the result, it is taking much time to put in place the required machinery that the MCI had asked for. “It is taking months to procure the machinery, which is telling upon the entire process,” the official said.
The sluggishness in getting the department recognized by the MCI not only questions the seriousness of the administration, but is also putting the future of scores of medicos in jeopardy who are unable to pursue higher studies.
Every year almost 6 Post Graduates pass out from the department. Since their degree is not MCI recognised they do not have an option of moving out of the State for higher studies.
On the other side, the Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan told Excelsior that the work was going on and the things are being put in place in order to get the department recognized by the MCI.
“The work is on, not everything has been done so far, but the things are being getting done, it is taking time,” he said.
The Head of the Department, Gynecology Dr Abida also told Excelsior that they are trying to put in place the required machinery and mandatory expansions. “It is taking a bit of time, but the things are being getting done,” she said.