MCI warnings being ignored
50 MBBS seats each were increased at Government Medical Colleges (GMC) in Patiala and Amritsar but the state governments have failed to comply with the guidelines laid down by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to make this permanent.
Colleges can retain the increased seats by complying with the MCI guidelines. Despite repeated warnings by the MCI to fill the vacant faculty posts as one of the main conditions but the state has failed to do so. The apex medical governing body of the country had increased the student intake from 150 to 200 in each college in 2014.
MCI carries out annual inspections for the next five years after increasing the seats in any college,till the first batch with increased seats passes out, before making these permanent.
MCI has been pointing out faculty shortage in this final year of inspection, fulfilling the MCI conditions seems almost impossible.
The government must complete the recruitment process of faculty before the notification of the new session to retain the seats. But MCI has notified a number of MBBS seats in the month of May before the NEET UG exam but completing the recruitment till then would not be possible since the model code of conduct was in effect until May 23. Thus GMCs are likely to lose 100 MBBS seats permanently.
Colleges facing staff crunch for years
- Patiala GMC had 11.28% staff shortage in 2015, 17.52% in 2016, 19.94% in 2017, 22.5% in 2018 and 23% in 2019
- Amritsar GMC had 16.32% staff crunch in 2015-16, 11.04% in 2017, 16.09% in 2018 and 16% in 2019
- Posts of Assistant Professor are lying vacant. No Assistant Professor had been recruited since 2015
- In November 2018, the state had invited over 300 applications for Assistant Professor but no recruitments could be made before the imposition of the poll code