Haryana to set up Medical College named after Kalpana Chawla
A memorandum of understanding ( MoU ) has been signed between the Haryana government and Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation ( India ) Limited for setting setting up a 400 crore medical college at Karnal named after late astronaut Kalpana Chawla.
Director General ( Medical Education ) Mahender Kumar signed the MoU with HSCC senior manager Narender Kumar under which the project would be completed in 25 months, an official release said.
The foundation stone of this project would be laid by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on 19th November, 2012.
The college would have 100 MBBS seats and a 500 – bed hospital with state – of – the – art facilities for teaching, training and patient care, it added.
State to get 10 more medical colleges
To meet the increasing demand for doctors, the government has decided to start 10 medical colleges which will also be teaching hospitals in districts. As a first step, 600 more undergraduate seats and 250 postgraduate ones will be added to the CET matrix from next year.
Medical education minister SA Ramdas said the government’s move follows many applications on the need for medical colleges in districts. The colleges will be set up in Tumkur, Madikeri, Koppal, Chitradurga, Yadgir, Belgaum, Chikkaballapur, Uttara Kannada, Chamarajanagar and KR Nagar in Mysore.
As per Medical Council of India ( MCI ) guidelines, the colleges should be equipped with minimum 300 beds and have land area of 25 acres. “The applications will be reviewed by a team from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Sciences ( RGUHS ). The cleared ones will be submitted to MCI by September 30,” the minister said.
Also, 250 PG seats will be added to six colleges, which include the ones in Belgaum, Mandya, Shimoga, Hassan, Bellary and Raichur. “Seats will be increased from academic year 2013 – 2014. Recruitments for paramedical staff and nurses have been approved to meet the demand after increasing the seats. Infrastructure and teaching facility have also been improved,” Ramdas said.
ON BU VC ROW
On Bangalore University VC N Prabhu Dev’s appointment to the Karnataka Health Systems Commission, Ramdass said he is yet to receive the file. “It is with the finance department and hasn’t reached me yet. I will be able to comment only after receiving the file,” he said.
AP Medical Colleges against Admission review
Private medical colleges are opposed to any review of admissions at the moment saying that they were planning to send their management quota merit lists to NTR University of Health and Medical Sciences in Vijayawada for its approval.
“If the government suspected foul play in the admission process, it should have looked into the matter before the opening of the process. This is no time for a re-evaluation of admissions,” said Laxman Rao, secretary of the consortium of private medical college managements.
Sources said that the governor’s directive to the government calling for a second look at management quota admissions was based on proof of sale of seats submitted by NGO Save Merit Society. The NGO in question had earlier approached high court seeking a stay on admissions at this colleges. The case will come up for hearing on 8th July, 2012.
“Several colleges in the state have sold their management quota seats at prices in excess of 45 lakh. Some colleges have even charged 1 crore for a five – year MBBS degree. We have been fighting against this practice,” said VARK Prasad, the NGO’s president. In its petition to the court, the complainant has mentioned 14 colleges which have allegedly been selling their seats at exorbitant rates.
Up to 40% of seats in medical colleges are marked for the management quota for which admissions are to be made on the basis of merit. The fee prescribed for management quota is 5.5 lakh per annum for a course that lasts four years and six months.
As per GO 136, this fee should be collected in four instalments. “None of these rules are followed by private medical college managements,” Prasad alleged.
Medical Council of India give Permission to Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences
Delhi has got another medical college with the Medical Council of India according permission to Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences ( HIMSR ), Jamia Hamdard, to conduct MBBS programme from 2012.
According to top MCI officials, the Hamdard College has been given permission to admit 100 students in the first year from this year onwards.
These seats will be filled through an entrance examination to be held on 15th July, 2012, the Hamdard College Dean said.
A statement from the College said while there will be 42 General Category seats in the first year, a total of 43 Reserve Category ( Muslims ) seats have also been earmarked.
Besides, there will be 15 management quota seats reserved out of the total 100 seats this year.
The College has kept 5th July, 2012 as the last date for applications and forms can be filled online as well as offline.
Jamia Hamdard, a deemed university, is a minority institution set up for the welfare of Muslims. It was conceived as a seat of higher learning in Unani Medicine, Islamic Studies, Biosciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and other areas of knowledge.
India aims to have a doctor for every 1,000 people by 2031
India has just one doctor for 1,700 people. In comparison, the doctor population ratio globally is 1.5 : 1,000. An internal note prepared by Medical Council of India’s ‘Undergraduate Education’ Working Group’ said the target being put in place for India is 1 doctor for 1,000 Population by 2031.
Somalia has one doctor for 10,000 populations, Pakistan has one doctor for 1,923 populations and Egypt has one doctor per 1,484 populations. China’s doctor population ratio stands at 1 : 1063, Korea 1 : 951, Brazil 1 : 844, Singapore 1 : 714, Japan 1 : 606, Thailand 1 : 500, UK 1 : 469, US 1 : 350 and Germany 1 : 296.
Currently, there are 330 medical colleges with an intake of approximately 35,000 students. With this intake, the shortfall of doctors by 2031 is estimated to be 9.54 lakh.
The note said that in view of the projected increase in population, the existing medical colleges would be unable to meet this need and the current intake of medical colleges and the critical mass of doctors needed to be at least doubled to achieve the target.
The working group also looked at the problem of teacher shortage in medical colleges. India at present needs 29,400 teachers but there is a shortfall of 6,340 teachers. There will be an additional need for 35,740 teachers in India soon, the report said.
According to the detailed break – up, subjects like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, surgery, medicine and forensic medicine each need 2,000 facul members. But almost all these departments have a current shortfall of 500 – 1,500 teachers. Additionally, all these departments would each need 2,100 – 3,500 teachers in the near future.
Community medicine at present needs 2,400 teachers and has a shortfall of 500 teachers and would additionally need 2,900 teachers. Gyneacology currently requires 1,600 teachers and would need an additional 1,760 faculty members.
According to a Planning Commission report, India is short of six lakh doctors, 10 lakh nurse and two lakh dental surgeons. Ironically, Indian doctors who have migrated to developed countries form nearly 5% of their medical workforce. Almost 60,000 Indian physicians are estimated to be working in countries like US, UK, Canada and Australia alone.
Opportunities galore in Medical Education
A huge scope of opportunities beckons medical professionals in the country in the years to come with the increasing need of professionals. Ever widening demand – supply gap of professionals in the healthcare sector is an added advantage for the youth planning their careers in the field.
According to healthcare industry, widening demand – supply gap of medical professionals is adding to inadequate infrastructure. Though the country has highest number of medical colleges in the world, 289 till last academic year 2009, the number of medical graduates passing out has been just about 33,000 a year.
According to an estimate, there are only 6.75 lakh doctors, 73,000 dental surgeons and 10 lakh nurses available in the country against the requirement of 16 lakh doctors, 3 lakh dental surgeons and 26 lakh nurses for 110 – crore population as per World Health Organization ( WHO ) norms. The WHO has also forecast that about 400 million people in India will need chronic healthcare by 2015 and about 50 per cent of the world’s cardio – vascular and diabetic patients will be in India.
However, the output of medical and paramedical education sector is hardly around 1.5 lakh professionals a year including 33,000 doctors, 20,000 dental surgeons and one lakh nurses.
The immediate shortfall has been put at 9.75 lakh doctors, 2.27 lakh dental surgeons and 16 lakh nurses.
To meet the demand of medical and para – medical professional the country requires another 600 new medical colleges and 1,500 new nursing colleges, as per national health profile study. Union Minister for Health Ghulam Nabi Azad announced in the Asia – Pacific Conference of Midwives held in Hyderabad earlier this month that the government was planning to open 1,500 new nursing colleges in the 11 Five Year Plan periods.
Against the world average 1.3 physicians per 1,000 populations, India has only 0.6 physicians. Similarly, availability of nurses was just 1.3 per 1,000 as against the world average of 2.8, as per World Health Statistics, 2009.
About 74 per cent of the medical professionals were serving in urban areas which accounted for only 28 per cent of the country’s population and the remaining 26 per cent professional were taking care of the 72 per cent rural population.
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