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Review time for colleges

Jorhat, Aug. 21: Medical institutes across the state will face a performance appraisal for the first time, with the Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences of Assam, the new regulator of all such institutions, ready to conduct an audit for the 2010 academic session.

Established in 2009 with the objective of maintaining uniformity in the standard of education in all faculties of health sciences, the university operates from the Gauhati Medical College building in Bhangagarh.

In an order passed last week, the registrar (academic) of the university, Gayatri Bezboruah, asked the authorities of the health institutes to keep all their records ready.

All medical colleges, dental college, homoeopathic and ayurvedic colleges, Medical Institute Jorhat (that runs the diploma course for rural health practitioners) and nursing schools will face this appraisal.

The university will send teams to each affiliated institute and review all forms of relevant data related to academics or infrastructure.

The letter said to ensure that proper standards of instructions, teaching and training were maintained by the affiliated institutes, the university would carry out periodical assessment of teachers as well.

Bezboruah said it was expected that attendance register of students, records of tutorials, practicals, demonstrations, clinical teachings, integrated teachings, seminars and lectures were being maintained by the head of the departments in the institutes.

The audit will also look into whether the norms prescribed by the respective national apex bodies for different categories of medical education institutes were being adhered to.

There are over 15 government medical institutes in the state affiliated to the university. These include medical colleges in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, Barpeta and Tezpur (Barpeta and Tezpur are yet to start).

There are three homeopathy colleges (in Jorhat, Nagaon and Guwahati) and an ayurvedic college in Guwahati. Other government institutes are a dental college and a nursing school in Guwahati and three paramedical institutes in various parts of the state.

Sources said the move was on the lines of a similar initiative by the UGC, which has been assessing the performance of the colleges through teams from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

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