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Thursday, May 31, 2012

MCI Denies Renewal of Permission to Malda Medical College to Admit Students

Malda, 31 May: Malda Medical College which began its journey last year got the biggest blow with the Medical Council of India (MCI) denying approving the college for renewal of permission for admission of 2nd batch of MBBS students in the coming academic year. It may be noted that a team of MCI had visited the college on 1 and 2 March, 2012 to assess the infrastructure of the college. It found a huge deficiency in the infrastructure and in a letter to the Principal on 26 May, MCI informed their decision.

The letter (MCI -34 (41)/2012) written by Dr P Prasannaraj on behalf of the MCI (UG section) said that the Council’s Assessors report on their visit to Malda Medical College was considered by the Board of Governors at their meeting held on 21.05.12 last and numbers of deficiencies were observed. These include the anatomy section of the college was in worst shape. There is no exhaust, light, water supply and drainage facility in the section. Dissection hall capacity is inadequate and in two parts without preparation room and other facilities. The team also observed, there is no ICCU, ICU, SICU beds in the medical college apart from one PHC.

Inadequate hostel for residents and residential quarters for teaching and non-teaching staff was marked in the college. The infrastructure in the departments of Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Forensic Medicine was inadequate. While in the Anatomy section the museum was very small (120 sq ft), no museum specimen models and charts were available in the pathology section.'

Besides, inadequate seating in the library, books/ journals and shortage of staff in Library was observed. The team also felt the need the redistribution of beds in medicine ward.
In view of the above lacunae Board of Governors decided not to approve the college for renewal of permission for admission of the 2nd batch of 100 MBBS students for the academic year 2012-13. The copy of the letter was sent to additional chief secretary, health & family welfare department, government of West Bengal, registrar, West Bengal University of Health Sciences and others.

The letter no doubt came as bolt from the blue to the college authority where the first batch of students started their study last year. This year with the result of Joint Entrance Examination coming out, more students were to be admitted here. 

Minister of women development and social welfare Sabitri Mitra said, “I’m surprised to know about such letters. I’ll certainly look into it.” 

Although the college authority showed reticence over the issue, sources claimed that most of the deficiencies could be overcome had there been good wish on the part of the college authority. 

“Fund was never a problem here. Apart from the hostel the deficiencies of Anatomy, Pathology Section or infrastructures like drainage system, water supply, exhaust, light  could have met much earlier had there been no siphoning of money”, said an official.

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