May slash MBBS seats as experts find deficiencies in infra, academic facilities
Medical Council of India (MCI) Tuesday began the inspection of SKIMS Medical College, Bemina and its associated hospital to take a final call on granting permission to admit 100 students in MBBS this year.
The three-member MCI team, led by Dr Pradeep Garg, arrived in Srinagar this morning for a surprise inspection of SKIMS Medical College and its associated hospital. Official sources told Rising Kashmir that the team found many deficiencies on the first day of inspection as compared to the previous inspection held last year.
“Among the major deficiencies noted by the MCI inspection team on the first day are defunct student council and the absence of full-time dean and principal,” they said.
According to sources, lack of essential infrastructure and different academic facilities for students would also affect the prospects of the medical college vis-à-vis increasing MBBS seats from 50 to 100.
“There is uncertainty whether MCI will still recommend Union Health Ministry to grant permission to admit 100 students this year also,” said a senior faculty member.
He said the SKIMS Medical College doesn’t lack teaching faculty “but the problem is the infrastructure and academic activities”.
Last year the state government had submitted the compliance report after last MCI inspection and had promised to rectify the deficiencies by March 31. “However, due to the callous approach of SKIMS Soura administration the same could not be done.” firstname.lastname@example.org