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Yavatmal medical college set to lose 11 PG medicine seats

Nagpur: While the state is talking about starting a medical college in every district, the condition of existing medical colleges are in poor state.

The Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College and Hospital (VNGMCH), one of the oldest state-run medical colleges in Vidarbha is likely to lose 11 Post graduate (PG) medical seats as the National Medical Commission (NMC) has decided to keep the admissions to PG medicine seats on hold citing the shortage of teachers, infrastructure and machines in the college.

NMC had conducted surprise inspection of the VNGMCH, Yavatmal earlier this month. Enough teachers were not present in the college at the time of inspection. Moreover, MRI scan was also not available in the GMCH.

After the inspection, the NMC team sent a letter and asked to hold the admissions to the PG medicine seats. This is a major setback to the medical college although the state and the authorities are insisting that they will leave no stone unturned to restore the seats and resume the admission process.

Especially, the NMC’s ‘hold admissions’ order comes on a same day when Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the State will establish government medical colleges in every district.

Dr Milind Fulpatil, Dean of the VNGMCH said that they have informed NMC about MRI machine’s availability. “One MRI machine has been recently received at a Super Specialty Hospital attached to the GMCH. Second will be arriving soon and it will be installed in GMCH which will end the shortage of MRI machine,” said Dr Fulpatil adding that the shortage of teachers will be ably handled by the DMER.

Minister of Medical education Girish Mahajan said that the state will never let the PG seats go like that. “We have already started a process to fill up the vacant posts of the medical teachers. Our long term plan is to establish a Maharashtra Medical Service Commission. In this particular case, the DMER has already appointed teachers on deputation in the said medical college,” Mahajan said.

The DMER had sent 17 teachers from GMCH Nagpur to VNGMCH, Yavatmal in June 2022 on deputation as at least 3 departments of this college were due for the NMC inspection. But, when the NMC team came to conduct surprise inspection on August 5, many from these 17 were not present in the college.

The team members said to have called it as an example of ghost faculty and slammed the officials. However, as these teachers are deputed here at least on paper, the issue of shortage of teachers will be most likely to be handled by DMER in its usual way.

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