Thiruvananthapuram: Medical Council of India (MCI) has suspended its recognition for the MBBS course at Government Medical Collegein Kottayam citing various deficiencies in infrastructure and faculty. The principal of the medical college has been asked to submit a compliance report within one month after rectifying the same. The recommendation was made by a team of MCI experts who visited the college on July 26 and 27 this year.
“MCI’s executive committee did not recommend the continuation of recognition that was granted by Kerala University of Health Sciences for the MBBS course. It further decided that the institute must submit a compliance report after rectifying the deficiencies within a month,” said the MCI order that was forwarded to the principal.
But, additional chief secre tary (health) Rajeev Sadanandan said that it was purely a technical issue. “Once we give the compliance report, MCI will reconsider its decision.But in this case, the government will look into the issue and overcome deficiencies that were reported by MCI,” he said.
The assessment report submitted by MCI’s inspection team said the college had two professor post (one each in forensic medicine and anaesthesiology) vacancies and five associate professors (one each in biochemistry, general medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry and ortho paedics) vacancies. The college has to appoint 14 assistant professors (entry cadre) – two in community medicine, two in epidemiology, four in general medicine and six in general surgery.
The report also touched upon the vacancies in the senior resident posts: one each in paediatrics, anaesthesiology and radiology. At present, Kottayam Medical College has 150 MBBS seats and if MCI does not approve the compliance report submitted by the college, it might lose 50 MBBS seats.
MCI will conduct yet another inspection after the compliance report is submitted, which is the usual procedure.
MCI had cancelled 50 MBBS seats at Alappuzha Medical College in 2013 citing deficiencies. The seats were temporarily restored after the state government gave a written undertaking that all deficiencies would be rectified within a year.