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Sunday, August 26, 2012

MCI Nods to Admit Students in Malda Medical College, Recognition Granted Again


MALDA, 27 JUNE: Month long anxiety ended with Malda Medical College getting the recognition from Medical Council of India (MCI) and the fresh students would be admitted in few days. The letter of approval has reached last evening. It is believed that intervention of chief minister made it possible Similar recognition letter was received by Sagar Dutta Memorial Medical College and Hospital of Kolkata as well which too got the disapproval from MCI.

It may be recalled that 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. 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 May 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 too came under the scanner. 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 & FW, government of West Bengal, Registrar, West Bengal University of Health Sciences and others. Similar lacunae were found at Sagar Dutta Medical College.

Right after the letter, hectic lobbying started with MCI as both the colleges were  to get admitted 100 students each who have qualified in the JEE recently. A team from state health department including Health Secretary, Principals of both the colleges went to Delhi on 1 June and tried to convince that works to improve the infrastructure was on. Following that there was a surprise visit on behalf of MCI at Malda Medical College on 11 June.

Finally last evening the mail reached to college (MCI-34 (41)/2012-Med) from Sanjoy Srivastava, secretary of MCI, approving the recognition for yet another year. Dr Uchhal Kr Bhadra, Principal of MMC said, “We were able to convince MCI that the most of their requirements were complied with and got their nod duly. There was an initiative from our chief minister as well.”

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