The crisis in private medical education in Punjab refuses to go away this season. After the trouble at Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur and Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has put on hold admission of 150 MBBS seats in Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, due to infrastructure deficiencies.
One of them, as noted in the MCI report after its inspection held in March, was pertaining to wide discrepancies in salaries of the staff, especially among assistant professors, senior and junior residents.The salary of junior residents was found to be only Rs 22,000.
Then there was the acute shortage of hostel accommodation as the report noted that there were only 20 rooms against the required accommodation for 85.
STATE FACING CRISIS
There was a time when students of neighbouring Haryana used to take back door entry in Punjab due to a higher number of medical seats in the state.
The trend has changed in the past couple of years after MBBS seats in Haryana increased due to the opening of new medical colleges, both in the government and private sectors.
The state lost 100 medical seats following the recent closure of Gian Sagar College. Another 150 seats were lost after the Centre imposed a two-year ban on admissions in Chintpurni college, which may soon face closure in wake of the Punjab government’s recent show-cause notice over the withdrawal of permission to continue its functioning.
The state is already finding it difficult to compensate for the loss of 250 medical seats in these two colleges.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh recently announced to open a medical college in SAS Nagar, but the project is still at a nascent stage and may take two to three years to materialise.
As studying medicine in India gets tougher due to limited seats and high capitation fee, a number of medical aspirants check out the options abroad to become qualified doctors. Although taking the overseas route in the healthcare industry has been in prevalence for quite some time, over the past few years there has been an average increase of about 10-15 percent increase in the number of students going abroad for studying medicine.
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