Paramedical Courses yet to be recognised
Students of paramedical courses at the Co – operative Medical College (CMC), Kalamassery, went on a strike on Thursday demanding recognition of the courses that they had joined last year.
The two – year courses would be completed in July next year but they are not yet recognised by the government.
The three courses Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, Diploma in Operation Theatre Technology and Diploma in Radiation Technology had begun in 2009 – 10 academic year but the students pursuing the courses are a worried lot about their future if the government continues to dither over the issue.
N. Arun, national council member of All India Student Federation, inaugurated the strike against the inaction by the Co – operative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE) and the Co – operative Department in getting the courses recognised in their own medical college.
The courses were started by the former medical director of the college, P.G.R. Pillai, as part of increasing the human resource necessary for the medical college in expanding its departments.
K.K. Krishnankutty, director, CAPE, said the secretary of Paramedical Council, who is also Additional Secretary in the Department of Health, has sent the papers regarding granting recognition to the courses for yet another inspection.
The Joint Director, Directorate of Medical Education, said that a team from the Kottayam Medical College had inspected two of the paramedical courses (DMLT and DOTT) courses and the report had been forwarded to the government.
There was also lack of clarity about technical details regarding the format of application for permission to start the courses. The reason for the CMC not getting the permission could also be lack required format for application.
Mr. Arun said that the strike was only a token one. The students would be meeting the Co – operative Minister on Saturday.
If the government inaction continued the organisation would go ahead with a stronger strike to call attention to the matter, he said.