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MCI axe on three health hub courses

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has de-recognised three courses from as many health hubs across the state.

It de-recognised MD (doctor of medicine) course in anaesthesia at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), MD course in forensic medicine and toxicology at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital and diploma course in opthalmology at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital.

MCI uploaded the status of de-recognition of the degrees on its website on Tuesday.

R.P. Ojha, additional secretary, health, said the department would soon send a compliance report to the MCI in which it would be promised that deficiencies would be rectified in a time-bound manner.

On deficiencies pointed out by MCI, a source said: At IGIMS, the MCI team found that the operating theatre for obstetrics and gynaecology was not functioning properly. It was also found during the inspection that the number of operations (both routine and emergency) was very less. Anaesthesia records were not maintained. Equipment in paediatrics intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit were not adequate and anaesthesia equipment in some of the operating theatres were not available were some reasons cited by MCI for de-recognising MD course in anaesthesia at IGIMS.

The main deficiency pointed out by MCI for de-recognising MD course at NMCH is that there has been no publication in index journals in the past three years. For de-recognising the diploma course at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital, MCI reasoned that there were inadequate beds and no associate professor, added the source.

According to rules, if students attain degree when the course-is de-recognised, their degree would be considered de-recognised, said Sunil Kumar Singh, member of the board of governors of IGIMS.

Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, former IMA president, said: There seems a preparation gap at the level of government and medical colleges. The government should initiate a campaign to save the seats of the medical college.

Shiv Shankar Coudhary, finance secretary, IMA, took a jibe at the MCIs decision. MCIs decisions cant be correct all the time. The diploma course in our department (ophthalmology department of PMCH) has never got recognition since its inception. We deposited fees for MCI inspection but it was not carried out. But the master degree of our department is recognised since its inception. This means our department has facilities for conducting masters degree but not for diploma degree.

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