The Post Graduate Degree Courses in 3 medical colleges of Bihar has been dropped for this year. Accordifng to reports, the post graduate courses in Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Bhagalpur, Sri Krishna Medical College Muzzaffarpur and Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Hospital Gaya won’t take admissions for PG degree courses this year, following a Patna High court order.
These PG Courses were started 3 years ago at Bhagalpur(14 seats), Muzaffarpur(10 seats) and Gaya (6 Seats) on temporary basis. It was to be finally approved by Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2016. However due the lack of MCI approval and an impending HC Order, the courses have to be stopped this year
In recent past, Bihar has witnessed a turmoil in medical education primarily due to lack of facilities. This year, no admission would be made for PG Diploma seats in state run medical colleges in Bihar. Moreover, MCI has also disallowed admission on the 160 MBBS seats in government medical colleges and another 100 seats in a private medical college in the state.
The MCI has recommended the Centre that it should not renew its permission for admission of the fourth batch of MBBS students against the increased intake from 50 to 100 at ANMMCH Gaya, SKMCH Muzaffarpur and JLNMCH Bhagalpur. For DMCH Darbhanga, the MCI recommended that the permission for intake from 90 to 100 should not be renewed. Ironically, the MCI agreed to allow private-run Katihar Medical College in Katihar to admit its fifth batch of MBBS students against increased intake from 60 to 100 for the 2016-17 academic session.
The MCI also pointed to deficiency in teaching beds, inadequate staff for registration counters, inadequate waiting area, unavailability of ECG room, minor operation theater and common dressing room and injection room for male and female patients. It had listed out a total of 34 objections, some of which were advisories.
Bihar, which is already suffering from acute shortage of doctors and medical facilities would be severely hit by these developments. The tussle between state Government and MCI has gone awry and it is the common people who would receive most impact in the long run.
Despite having a population of over 100 Million, Bihar hardly has 900 MBBS seats, which satisfactorily explains the plight of medical condition in the state.