The Telegraph
Monday , April 21 , 2014
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Super-speciality courses on cards

- IGIMS to start new classes next session

The standing academic committee of IGIMS has nodded to the start of various courses, including doctorate in medicine (DM) (see graphic), in the various departments of the medical college.

The decision to start the super-speciality courses such as DM and MCh in Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences assumes significance because very few medical colleges run such courses.

According to IGIMS dean Mahendra, courses which would be started in the next session, include DM in neurology, nephrology, cardiology, family medicine, DNB in orthopaedics, MS in ophthalmology, MCh in neurosurgery, MD in TB and chest, two-year speech therapy diploma. A decision in this effect was taken in the 16th meeting of the standing academic committee on Saturday.

While DM, MCh and DNB courses are super-speciality courses for which one can qualify only after a postgraduation in the discipline. MS and MD are postgraduate-level degrees.

Speaking about the decision taken by the committee, the dean said: “We were thinking of starting DM, MCh and DNB courses for a long time. Especially in Bihar, we need to start these streams because very few institutions offer these super-speciality courses. Because of this, students are forced to go to the institutes of other states. We have asked the head of the departments to go by the Medical Council of India norms so that they could easily get permission from council to start the super-speciality courses.”

Mahendra added: “Now, that the committee has given its nod to start the super-speciality courses, the approval would be sent in the meeting of the body of governors. After this, the proposal would be sent to the MCI for approval. We hope to get MCI’s approval for starting the courses soon because we would place the proposal to the MCI only after fulfilling all the requirements,” said Mahendra.

IGIMS is the only institution in Bihar that runs MCh course in urology and DM in gastroenterology. Last year, the IGIMS was lucky because the MCI increased one seat each in both its super-speciality courses. Earlier, there was only one seat in both the courses at IGIMS but now there are two seats in the two courses.

However, a source said the IGIMS’s decision to start super-speciality courses would not be easy. “Last year, the MCI has not renewed its permission for the institute to admit students in its MBBS course. Only after chief secretary A.K. Sinha’s undertaking and chief minister Nitish Kumar’s letter, the MCI renewed its permission. When the institution could not fulfil the requirements of starting a graduate-level MBBS course, how can it think about starting super-speciality courses like DM and MCh?” asked a doctor, preferring anonymity.

Dean Mahendra, however, differed on this view. “Starting a super-speciality course is a different issue. We have to think in a broader aspect. Whatever deficiencies were in the MBBS course, we have fulfilled the deficiencies, he said.