By Vivek Gupta
Following the approval from UT Administrator and Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 on Thursday promoted two of its assistant professors to the rank of professor to comply with the objections raised by Medical Council of India (MCI).
Dr Rajiv kumar has joined as professor in pharmacology department and Dr Mahesh Sharma in anatomy department. This move has been taken by the administration to ensure that the college retains 100 seats for its MBBS course for 2015-16 session The MCI inspects the institute every year to determine the number of seats, which was 50 until the 2012-13 session, but was increased to 100 for the subsequent two sessions.
However, retaining 100 MBBS seats for the coming session run into rough weather after MCI conveyed the college that it wouldn’t be allowed to increase the seats from 50 to 100 until they got professor rank faculty to head pharmacology and anatomy departments, the matter which has been sorted out now.
Home-cum health secretary, Anurag Agarwal confirmed the development and said that the promotion of two faculty members was done on priority basis so that MCI approves the increase in MBBS seats from 50 to 100 in the college for 2015-16 session. “I don’t see any reason now for the college to get permission to fill 100 seats,” he said Director-principal of the college Dr Atul Sachdeva said that they both have already joined as professors on Thursday. He asserted that this was the major problem dithering the efforts of the college to get the approval of increase in MBBS seats. “MCI has already been intimated about the development and we are now hopeful that they will take a positive decision and allow us retaining 100 seats since all the objections raised by the MCI is fully complied now,” said the principal. He said that MCI’s final decision should come in few days as next session is likely to begin.
Parents, meanwhile, are happy over the development and too hopeful for increase in seats.
One of the parents Dr UP Singh said that the administration did a fine job by timly promoting the faculty as suggested by the MCI.
“We are meeting union health minister JP Nadda very soon and we will convey that all the MCI’s objections have been fully complied.
Therefore MCI should allow the college to fill 100 seats in MBBS course so that local medical aspirants should not feel dejected, he said
Local academician Arvind Goyal said that the MCI had declined the increase in seats about two months back subject to the compliance of certain objections. Since all the objections are cleared, MCI must take lenient view and allow increase in seats, he added.
Last year also, decision by MCI to roll back the number of MBBS seats from 100 to 50, sparked off protests by parents and candidates, following which the health ministry intervened on the request of local MP and allowed the increase in seats.
Meanwhile, promotion case of two other faculty members is under process under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), which is likely to be cleared soon, said senior officials of the administration.