The state Health Department is yet to make any arrangement to accommodate the increased number of post- graduate students in the medical college hostels. The number of seats for post-graduate courses in medical colleges in the state has increased by 290,this academic year.
The medical colleges in Gujarat are finding it difficult to make the accommodation arrangement following the increase in the student intake. At some colleges,temporary arrangements have been made to make the students stay in the staff quarters.
At the Ahmedabad-based B J Medical College,the number of PG seats has risen to 70. According to college officials,last year,students stayed in the official houses. Of the two PG hostels belonging to the college,one has been razed for renovation work.
Dr Bharat Shah,Dean,B J Medical College,however,refused to comment on the issue saying it did not come under his purview. A girl student from B J Medical College,said on condition of anonymity: I commute from Gandhinagar as accommodation is not provided to us. Even at late night,I have to travel back to Gandhinagar.
Medical Education Director Dr P D Vithlani said: This is a short-term problem. Our department can look into this matter if we are approached by the medical colleges. We are going to make temporary arrangements. One hostel in B J Medical College has been razed,but it will be renovated in a few months.
Dr M M Anchalia,Director of Medical Education and Research,B J Medical College,said: We are making arrangements in the staff quarters.
According to Dean of the Surat Medical College,Dr S K Bajpaye,the number of PG seats has increased by 34 and all students will be accommodated in staff quarters.
At Rajkots PDU Medical College,there is hardly any furniture for PG students. We have written to the Health Department but no action has been taken yet, said a senior staff from the college.
At N H L Medical College in Ahmedabad,authorities have decided to accommodate three students in one room instead of the two earlier,said Dean Dr Pankaj Patel.
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