Rattled by the halving of its MBBS seats by the MCI, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has started working on its deficiencies and will try to arrange an inspection by the MCI so that the number of seats could be restored to 100 before the second round of counselling on July 18.
Talking to Newsline on Tuesday, Dr Atul Sachdev, director principal of GMCH-32, said, “We have looked at the observations of the Medical Council of India and have already started working on the deficiencies pointed out by them. Within a week, we will send a reply to the council.”
The council assessors will then visit the college for an inspection. The college is keen that the visit takes place early so that a decision on its request for restoring the number of seats could be taken by July 15.
A last-minute decision by the MCI to roll back the number of MBBS seats from 100 to 50 had sparked protests by parents and candidates during the counselling on Monday.
The director has written a letter to the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, stating that the objections raised by the MCI mostly pertain to ‘minor’ issues in terms of infrastructure, which is still expanding.
“One block of the Medical College building is in an advanced stage of completion (Block E) and after its commissioning within a short time, these minor deficiencies of infrastructure will be absolutely covered,” Dr Sachdev said.
He pointed out that the MCI had not raised questions about the strength of faculty or teaching standards at the college.
The seats were reduced on the basis of the report of MCI assessors who carried out an inspection on April 29 and 30. However, the council decision was conveyed on Monday morning when the college enquired about it.
The assessors’ report said that the capacity of both lecture theatres was only 80 against the requirement of 120 as per regulations. Facility for E-class was not available and the lecture theatre in the hospital was not of “gallery type’’.
Further, separate common rooms for boys and girls were not available, and there was no gymnasium on the campus. Also, hostel accommodation was available for only 97 students against the requirement of 263. However, a college official said that the accommodation was sufficient, as most of the students were local.
“While there is no demonstration room at Physiology Department, the one of the Anatomy Department is shared with the Biochemistry Department. Similarly, the demonstration room is common for Pathology and Microbiology Departments,” the report said.
“The laboratories at Microbiology Department are short by two, as only five laboratories are available against a requirement of seven as per regulations,” the report said.