September 03, 2009

Maharashtra set to get 700 more medical seats

An initiative taken by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is likely to add 700 seats to government medical colleges in Maharashtra from the June 2010 academic year.

A senior medical education department official on Saturday confirmed the proposal, saying a high-level team of experts led by Chandrashekhar Shetty, former vice-chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi Health Sciences University, Karnataka, would be going on an official tour to study the present status of infrastructure in government-run medical colleges. “We feel that if the existing infrastructure is put to effective use, we can have 50 additional seats in each of the 14 government-run medical colleges in Maharashtra,’’ the official said.

The PMO’s view is that adding 50 seats to an existing medical college is much more cost-effective than opening a new one. “The first option will require an additional staff of only 76, while a new college with an intake capacity of 50 would require a staff of nearly 200,’’ said the official. “It is more pragmatic to utilise the existing infrastructure optimally.’’

Apart from increasing seats, the PMO also proposes to set up new medical colleges with an intake capacity of 50 to 100, which will be attached to district hospitals. “The primary objective is to generate adequate manpower in the field of medical education and public health,’’ the official said.

Interestingly, it has been proposed to run the new medical colleges in shifts unlike the current ones. “By and large, our work is over by 2 pm and for the rest of the day infrastructure worth crores of rupees lies idle. We feel that clinical infrastructure should be utilised effectively, and thus we should have a second shift,’’ the official said.

A former dean said that in view of the drastic changes recommended by the PMO, the Medical Council Act would have to be amended suitably. “Right now, rules for increasing the intake capacity will have to be amended,’’ he said. “But if the PMO’s proposal is implemented in letter and spirit, it will be a major relief for deserving students, who can hope to get admission without paying a donation or capitation fees. All private medical colleges claim that they don’t take donations or capitation fees, but everyone knows that in most private colleges, admission is almost impossible if you don’t grease palms."

Link: Original Article

No comments:



Related Posts with Thumbnails