It’s admission season at state-run MGM Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur.
But, this time it’s a challenging task, as the Dimna-based medical cradle needs to plug its gaps and upgrade its infrastructure to hold on to its 100 seats.
The Medical Council of India (MCI), the statutory body that monitors functioning of medical colleges in the country, has agreed to let MGM offer 100 seats from this academic session, which will start from mid-September, with a rider. The cradle will have to address all its shortcomings in a year before MCI conducts its annual review.
“Admission started on August 31 and will get over on September 10. About 60 per cent seats have already been filled up. We will start our classes from September 16,” said principal A.N. Mishra.
The principal also said that a fresh proposal for infrastructure development like hostels, library et al had been sent to the state health department.
“Besides, we have also requested the department to increase the number of our teaching staff,” said Mishra.
The cradle does not have departments to teach several mandatory disciplines such as nephrology, cardiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and dental, while disciplines like medicine, surgery, radiology, orthopaedics, skin and paediatrics face a dearth of professors and associate professors.
The medical college also lacks a proper practical lab, technicians, nursing staff and support staff such as ward boys.
Joint secretary of the state health department Vinod Kumar Mishra, however, sounded optimistic.
“We have started identifying the problems. We will soon come up with advertisements to fill up vacant professors’ posts. For other positions, we have written to the state finance department.”
The official conceded that existing facilities were not up to the mark. “The facilities are just adequate for 50 students. But, for 100, we need to boost both infrastructure and staff strength.”
The health department will hold a meeting in Ranchi on September 11 to take a fresh stock of the situation at the college.