Tripura’s main medical college has lost half of its post-graduate courses after the Medical Council of India de-recognised six of them this year, three this month alone.
The Agartala Government Medical College is now left with permission to run just half of the courses it initially had, according to meeting minutes of the MCI through this year.
And, as things stand now, the college appears unable to expand in other areas as well – proposals to start four new PG courses have already been rejected.
In its latest meeting this month, the MCI recommended against granting further recognition to post-graduate courses in Pediatrics Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Psychiatry.
General Surgery had already been de-recognised in August 2014, following the same fate as the college’s Anaesthesia and Radio Diagnosis courses two months prior.
Their final fate appears to have been prophesied somewhat with the MCI having disapproved the college’s proposals to increase the seats available in all these courses as early as February.
That was the same month the apex medical body disapproved similar proposals to increase seats in Ophthalmology and Orthopedics.
The MCI had then also shot down proposals to start PG courses in Respiratory Medicine, Pathology, Anatomy and Physiology as well as a diploma course in Child Health.
Interestingly, all the proposals to start these four new courses cited one Professor Dr H Sharmah as the in-charge principal of all these planned new departments, something the MCI could not accept.
But those were not the only reasons, as repeated reports cited a lack of faculty and infrastructure needed to host or operate these courses, the same reasons cited in the decisions to de-recognise the PG courses that did exist.
In some measure of consolation, however, the MCI has recommended for the continued recognition of four courses, including in Forensic Medicine, ENT, Community Medicine, Microbiology (although a proposal to increase seats in the latter was rejected in February).