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Did our best, says PMCH principal

PMCH in Dhanbad, among the state’s three medical colleges asked by the Centre to drastically slash its MBBS seats as part of Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendations, defended its position by saying that on its part it tried its best to fulfil the council’s criteria.

“The MCI recommendation to slash seats from 100 to 50 that we got on May 13 raised objections on 15 points, the majority of which were minor except for acute manpower crunch,” college principal P.K. Senger told The Telegraph on Tuesday.

“Sixty per cent of the 15 lacunae pointed out were solved by the time we got the report as the MCI inspection was held months earlier,” said Senger. “On May 14, we told the state health department about the steps the college had taken with the MCI letter.”

On what was done, Senger said: “We initiated a process to launch a one-point central registration system for patients across orthopaedics, surgery, gynaecology, dermatology, and ophthalmology before MCI said so.”

Senger added that the MCI had listed the lack of a proper auditorium. “But, a 500-seater auditorium is coming up within a fortnight,” he said.

The principal said their three-storey building for the library was almost ready. “So, non-digitalisation of the library as pointed out in the MCI report is a temporary gap as we are waiting for the new building. Digitalisation of the old library would have been a waste of money,” he said.

On what had not been done, Senger said that regarding the shortage of faculty members that MCI had pointed out, the college had given practical suggestions. “To fill senior posts of associate professors and professors, we suggested promoting lecturers. We told the state that junior vacancies could be filled with fresh appointments.”

“And yes, we sent the state reminders,” he added but kept silent on the state’s response.

On the defunct CT scan machine pointed out in MCI report, Senger said: “We told the state that the existing machine was beyond repair and the latest version should be purchased.”