Srinagar: Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended a reduction of MBBS quota in Jehlum Valley College Bemina supervised and controlled by Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) Soura. The MBBS quota was enhanced three years back from 50 to 100 seats. The documents in possession of CNS reveal that MCI has recommended to Ministry of Health and Family welfare to reduce the quota citing mismanagement and failure of SKIMS administration to rectify even minor deficiencies at JVC Bemina.
SKIMS administration has miserably failed to rectify even the minor deficiencies at SKIMS Medical College Bemina which were identified and pointed out by Medical Council of India during their frequent inspections and assessment in 2014 and 2015.
A letter of MCI vide number MC37(1)(R1-28) (UG)/2015-Med./153521 dated Dec,3,2015 to Secretary Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India reveals that even minor deficiencies at JVC remained unaddressed.
Insiders said most of the queries raised by MCI could have been addressed within available resources, had SKIMS administration taken things seriously. The lack of interest on part of SKIMS and non-availability of full time Principal at JVC since 2012 forced MCI to go for such recommendations. They said such a serious lapse and callous approach on part of administration speaks volumes of mismanagement which has forced many faculty members to leave JVC Bemina with the result a little faculty deficiency of 8.6% observed by MCI on 25 March, 2015 has increased to 20.3% in Dec 2015.
The irresponsible and insensitive approach of SKIMS Soura administration can be gauged from the fact that MCI has pointed out that Medical College lacks toilet facilities for Common Rooms meant for both male and female students. MCI further points out that declaration forms were not filled properly as per the new format. There are no separate rooms for males and females for injection and dressing.
Some of the doctors working in SKIMS told CNS on condition of anonymity that the main interest of SKIMS administration is in purchases and recruitments. They said that Government must fix responsibility for the lapses and other irregularities on SKIMS administration. It will be a major setback of the aspiring students if Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India accepts the recommendations of Medical Council of India, they said and alleged that Director SKIMS is interested in purchasing process only.
They alleged that since the day the incumbent Director took charge his interest in purchasing process became clear when he sidelined the Material management department of SKIMS with more than 50 officials, by issuing a circular vide number SIMS (D) 995 of 2011 dated Oct,20, 2011 wherein he gave directions that tenders should be issued and received by Directors office and not by the Material Management Department as had been the practice at SKIMS for over 25 years till 2011. (CNS)
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