Nagpur's medical post-graduate seats to be regularized soon

The post-graduate (PG) seats increased in 2010 in both Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) may finally be regularized soon. A team of subject experts nominated by Medical Council of India (MCI) is in the city for past few days and conducting the inspection for 21 increased seats in GMCH and 12 in IGGMC.

On the face of it, chances of rejection of any of these seats for lack of staff and infrastructure are almost zero as both colleges had already been running PG courses in all subjects barring a few new ones and the new seats would only require a few extra teachers. But teachers in both colleges were caught off-guard when the MCI inspectors landed up suddenly, leading to some chaos. Though, things settled in just a day. 

GMCH dean Dr Rajaram Powar told TOI the college had been granted a provisional increase of 21 seats in 16 subjects in 2010 when the central government increased PG seats in government medical colleges across the country. The students who joined courses in 2010 are appearing for their exam this year. By rule, MCI conducts inspection for regularization of PG seats during exam time as witnessing examination process is also a part of inspection process. 

The MCI assesses are conducting inspections for medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology (Obgy), anaesthesia, ophthalmology, ENT, microbiology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, paediatrics, preventive and social medicine (PSM), skin and venereal diseases and forensic medicine. Inspection of some of these subjects is over and the remaining ones will be completed by June 5. 

Since MCI could not send experts in ENT, pathology, medicine and gynaecology to GMCH, the college went ahead with examination in these subjects without the inspectors. "We can expect inspection in six months for these subjects," said Dr Powar. Of these subjects physiology, forensic medicine and skin and venereal diseases PG course have been added new to GMCH and first batch of students in them would be passing out this year. 

A team of inspectors is also doing the same job in IGGMC. Dr Prakash Wakode, IGGMC dean, told TOI that the inspections for 12 seats, one each in anaesthesia, pathology, physiology, forensic medicine, PSM, microbiology, ENT, surgery and ophthalmology were to be conducted in his college. Of these, inspection for only microbiology remains and will be completed by Thursday. Here too no inspectors came for PSM and forensic medicine and so IGGMC will have to wait for regularization of seats in these subjects for six months. 

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