PMCH of Dhanbad is one of the medical colleges under the seat scanner
Ranchi, July 29: Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendations to slash 60 MBBS seats from RIMS and 50 from PMCH has prompted the state health department to prod the two medical colleges not to “hide anything” that would put their credibility at stake.
Working on Id, a public holiday, B.K. Mishra, joint secretary of the health department, said he had asked the authorities of RIMS, Ranchi, and PMCH, Dhanbad, to submit detailed reports by tomorrow on the findings of the medical panel and their efforts to plug the lacunae.
Based on the twin reports, the health department will request MCI to consider Jharkhand’s case.
“I’ve asked the heads of both (S.K. Choudhary and P.K. Senger) to not hide anything because if, after their reports, the MCI inspects the institutions again and finds gaps, we are in big trouble,” Mishra told The Telegraph today.
Mishra’s concern is understandable.
No less than 173 medical students had already been admitted to the two medical colleges, 101 to RIMS and 72 to PMCH. The number is already 33 more than what the MCI deems fit.
“We must save their careers,” Mishra said. “We are putting our best efforts to manage the situation.”
He pointed out another serious problem that is brewing.
Right now, taking seat count as 150 at RIMS and 100 at PMCH, the capital college has 49 vacancies and its coal capital counterpart 28.
Aspirants who have cleared the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) will be counselled by Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB) for these seats. But the ongoing uncertainty has forced the health department to direct the board to issue provisional admission papers to aspirants. This proves that the fear that the seats may be scrapped is real.
On previous MCI warnings received by the two institutes, Mishra said: “I cannot say anything as I did not receive letters from the MCI. But it is true that the panel, before issuing final seat-slash recommendation, gives reminders and warnings. Chances are high that both institutes got warnings that were not conveyed to us.”
But, sources in the health department told The Telegraph that all the three state-run medical institutes — MGM in Jamshedpur being the third — were sent warning letters and asked to furnish action-taken reports. Representatives of the three institutes were also asked to be present in person at the MCI office in New Delhi before the panel held its executive committee meeting earlier this month.
Apparently, MGM principal A.N. Mishra had submitted a detailed report on steps taken to improve the institute to abide by MCI regulations, but PMCH and RIMS heads did not do so.
Still, asked about any MCI letter, S.K. Choudhary of RIMS denied receiving “anything of the sort earlier”.
Joint secretary B.K. Mishra only said: “Given that the condition of RIMS is better than MGM, it is surprising that the MCI recommended seats of the capital college to be slashed. Something must have happened that I don’t know. But, we cannot waste time arguing over past issues. We are working on the students’ future.”