The Telegraph
Thursday , August 23 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
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Makeover map for health cradles

The government has asked Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation (BMSIC) to prepare vision documents for a makeover of all state-run medical colleges.

The documents will suggest ways to utilise the land available with the medical colleges, renovate the infrastructure and increase MBBS and postgraduate seats.

A senior health department officer said: “It was decided after recent reviews of all six government medical colleges — in which services, facilities and upgrade need at the health hubs were discussed — that the existing institutes need a makeover and comprehensive strengthening in terms of infrastructure. The BMSIC has been assigned with the task. A team of BMSIC officers and engineers will soon be constituted for the purpose.”

The officer, however, said no time frame has been fixed to prepare the plan. “The BMSIC team will prepare a detailed plan keeping Vision 2021 in mind. Vision 2021 is a report dealing with requisites of the colleges. If needed, we might hire a private consultant to prepare a detailed project report for the upgrade of the medical colleges.”

The planning will be done for Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), Patna, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), Muzaffarpur, Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH), Gaya, and Jaiprakash Narayan Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH), Bhagalpur.

Superintendents of all medical colleges have been instructed to prepare a detailed proposal identifying vacant plots and how that could be used in the best possible way.

The officer added: “The Medical Council of India (MCI), too, has been stressing from time to time that rather than setting up new medical colleges, the existing institutes should be strengthened and renovated to accommodate more medical students. It can only be done if we upgrade the available infrastructure at our health cradles.”

At present, the state has 440 MBBS seats in six government colleges, apart from Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) medical college that has 100 seats. The government wants to increase the seats by at least 200 in a few years. IGIMS’s medical college, where MBBS course started in 2011, is an autonomous institute.

The state has been proposing to increase MBBS seats to 100 each at ANMCH, JNMCH and 150 each at PMCH and DMCH. The MCI has been denying the permission owing to unavailability of adequate medical teachers and insufficient infrastructure for such a large number of students.

Three medical colleges at Pawapuri (Nalanda), Bettiah and Madhepura are likely to become functional within the next two-three years. The state needs at least 20 medical colleges given its population of over 11 crore, said sources in the government. This year, the government had pitched hard to get the MCI nod for at least Pawapuri medical college. But the MCI and the Union health ministry were not convinced, given the incomplete infrastructure and short faculty at the upcoming facility and the permission was not granted.