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New courses at MGM

Jamshedpur, July 28: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital will soon be introducing postgraduate degrees in various disciplines.

The college, which currently offers postgraduate degrees in anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, besides diplomas in gynaecology, radiology and paediatrics, is set to introduce postgraduate courses in gynaecology, obstetrics, radiology, orthopaedic, ophthalmology, pathology and biochemistry, as well as medicine and surgery.

“There is a dearth of specialised doctors in the state. Hence we have decided to introduce these new courses and have approached the Medical Council of India (MCI) for approval of the same,” said principal of the college A.N. Mishra, adding that the MCI had been invited to inspect the college, which is a prerequisite for the council’s approval.

According to the principal, MCI had accepted the inspection request on the condition that the college fulfilled some required criteria for the same.

The college also plans to double the number of seats it offers to 100 from the existing 50, following the council’s inspection.

The college has already deposited an amount of Rs 50,000 for inspection but has not been given a date as yet.

Incidentally the college has met the criteria put forward by MCI—15 acres of land, a building, hospital and medical equipment, as well as an auditorium which is under construction

However, there is 30 per cent shortfall in the number of faculty members and students have been long complaining about the state of affairs. Mishra said he would soon hold a meeting with officials of the department of health to decide on promotions of existing staff. Fresh recruitments would follow.

Mishra took charge as the principal of the hospital on July 19, after Shiv Shankar Prasad was appointed as superintendent of the hospital, thus relieving him of his dual responsibilities.

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