| Infrastructure handicap: Nalanda Medical College and Hospital |
Faculty shortage and deficiencies in infrastructure could prove costly for Nalanda Medical College and Hospital when a team of Medical Council of India comes calling on Tuesday.
Last February, a team had visited the institution to renew its request to add 50 seats to the MBBS course. It had pointed out several drawbacks, including faculty shortage and lack of an auditorium, in renewing the 50 seats.
According to the rules, if the Medical Council of India (MCI) increases seats of any medical college, a team visits the institution concerned annually for five years. On the annual visits, it is decided whether the additional seats would be renewed. For the past couple of visits, the central team has pointed at the drawbacks.
This year, the MCI team is scheduled to come on a two-day visit from Tuesday. The problems pointed out last year still remain at the medical college.
“The last time the MCI team had visited our college, it had pointed out many anomalies, including faculty shortage. Last time, there was around 6 per cent shortage in faculty strength. Now, it has increased to 18 per cent because of transfer and retirement of some of the faculty members. To address this problem, the government on Sunday appointed some faculty members on contract. The MCI team could ask why teachers are not being recruited on a regular basis,” said a senior doctor at the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH).
In 2009, the regulatory body had allowed the NMCH to add 50 seats to its MBBS course. Originally, it has 100 seats. If during this year’s visit, the MCI team finds any deficiency, it could refuse to renew the permission to admit students on the additional MBBS seats.
The senior doctor added: “The team had also pointed out the lack of an auditorium and hostels for girls and boys. The construction of the auditorium is only 50 per cent complete, while the hostels would be ready after three to four months. If MCI team seriously assesses these facilities, the college might lose the additional 50 seats.”
Sources said the MCI’s decision to renew 50 seats in the MBBS course last year was surprising too, as earlier the college had to submit a compliance report with the undertaking of the chief secretary for rectification of deficiencies pointed out by the council.