The health department’s sanction to appoint 123 teachers at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) is likely to boost the intake of MBBS and postgraduate students at the institute.
At present, there are 100 MBBS seats at the PMCH. The state had been trying to increase the seats by 50 for the past few years, only to hit a Medical Council of India (MCI) hurdle. Permission was denied by the MCI because of shortage of teachers.
According to the MCI guidelines, a medical college can increase the number of seats after filling up the stipulated number of teaching posts.
The state passed the notification to appoint 123 teachers on June 22, it reached the PMCH on June 26. Increasing the MBBS seats was approved by the state cabinet in May this year.
Officials in the health department said recruitment would be made on an urgent basis because the posts have now been created. “Appointment on regular basis will take some time, so the college authorities have been asked to recruit 123 medical teachers on ad-hoc basis. This is being done so that we can increase the seats starting from the coming academic session,” said a senior health department officer.
The 2012 session will start from August.
Dr Amarkant Jha Amar, the in-charge of the teaching unit of PMCH, said: “Since contractual medical teachers have to be appointed as a temporary arrangement, we will try to recruit those who are already empanelled with us on the basis of interviews that were conducted recently to fill up the vacancies. It should not take long. A formal request will also be sent to the MCI for inspection so that permission to increase seats in the MBBS course is granted.”
The sanctioned posts include 16 professors, 23 associate professors, 57 assistant professors, eight tutors, 18 senior residents and one physicist. These posts will be in addition to the current strength of about 250 medical teachers at the health hub. The new move will cost the state exchequer more than Rs 6.6 crore annually.
Sources, however, pointed out that the admission prospectus provided with the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination application form for medical and engineering colleges of the state still show 100 seats for MBBS course at the PMCH. Officials at the health hub said the number of MBBS seats could be increased ahead of admissions as and when the MCI gives its nod.
Sanction to appoint the additional teachers would also help the authorities increase the number of postgraduate (PG) seats at the 1,675-bed institute.
A couple of years back, the MCI had notified that every department could relax the teacher-PG student ratio to 1:2 against the earlier ratio, 1:1. The PMCH, however, could not benefit from the relaxed norm because of the lack of stipulated number of teachers.
PMCH principal Dr N.P. Yadav said: “We have the necessary infrastructure in place. The only rider was the adequate number of teachers. If we appoint sufficient number of doctors in the teaching cadre, seats of both MBBS and PG will be increased during admission.”