The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences director met senior Medical Council of India officials in New Delhi recently, seeking reversal of its order stopping admissions into MBBS course there citing inadequacies.
IGIMS director N.R. Biswas said: “I met Medical Council of India (MCI) officials and submitted a CD outlining IGIMS’s performance and steps taken to remove shortcomings pointed out by it during inspection. I hope they will reconsider their decision.”
The CD contained footage of the institute’s labour room, classrooms and central library (see chart), Biswas said.
The MCI report said no delivery was conducted in the hospital and the labour room was made functional only in January, two months before the MCI inspection. The report also pointed at shortage of resident doctors and shortage of central library area. The council also noted that the lecture theatres did not meet MCI’s norms and the hostel accommodation was inadequate.
Biswas said most points raised by MCI had been complied with and hoped the council would now allow the institute to admit MBBS students.
IGIMS principal Uday Kumar, too, sounded optimistic. “The MCI will review its decision. Almost all discrepancies have been rectified. Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who is on a state visit, also said the decision would be reviewed.”
The Centre would look into MCI’s functioning, a PTI report quoted the minister as saying. “The way MCI functions… its works create doubts,” he told reporters when asked how MCI had decreased seats in government medical colleges citing lack of infrastructure, but granted recognition and increased seats in private medical colleges having less facilities.
An IGIMS doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, accepted that IGIMS’ labour room was dysfunctional during MCI’s inspection in March. “It was in transition phase. The MCI team arrived for inspection soon after its (labour room) inauguration. The team found the labour room short of required equipment. However, the condition is much favourable now and deliveries are being conducted,” he said.
Similarly, the MCI had stated in its report that the lecture theatre at the institute is not of gallery type as recommended by the MCI. Construction of a new gallery type lecture theatre is on, the doctor said.
He said the area of the central library is being increased to meet MCI requirements.
The doctor admitted hostel accommodation at the institute was inadequate, another shortfall pointed out by MCI during inspection. A new hostel is coming up but the pace of work is very slow, he said.
“We hope MCI would reverse its decision,” he said, adding the condition at the Pawapuri and Bettiah medical colleges, also denied MCI nod to admit MBBS students, was worse.