PGI Chandigarh MBBS programme with 100 seats?

 

The number of patients at PGI, Chandigarh, has significantly increased over the past few years. Professor Vivek Lal, the institute’s director, has now laid up a strategy that, in his words, will work to address the labour shortage and improve patient care at the facility.

 

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved a request for the institute to launch an MBBS programme with 100 students. While the institute has previously only offered postgraduate courses, the new undergraduate programme will begin on a schedule resembling that of AIIMS-Delhi and will increase the number of available seats in the city’s 92 MBBS general category seats (offered by GMCH-32). The institute also has extra MD and DM seats as well as a 50% increase in funded seats for military personnel enrolled in DM programmes. A proposal to enhance the number of DM/MCH seats under the sponsored/deputed category from 33% to 50% (for only medical super specialities) of the total sanctioned strength of general seats has also been approved by the standing Committee.

 

According to Deputy Director of Administration at PGI, up to 34 postings, including both professor and non-faculty positions, have been approved for the Sangrur satellite centre of the PGI, and equipment purchases are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

 

PGI also proposed hiring up to 50 phlebotomists on a contract basis for sample collection, diagnostic work, and maintenance of patient data at the most recent meeting of the Standing Finance Committee. Phlebotomists are needed at all laboratories, the Advanced Trauma Center, the Emergency Complex, and ICUs due to the increasing number of patients, and the seven sanctioned posts are now unable to handle the burden. According to officials, a tender will shortly be floated through an outside agency to hire phlebotomists.

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