Nod for PG course at medical college

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MCI recognition for three more postgraduate programmes expected

The Government Medical College, Ernakulam, has got recognition for the microbiology postgraduate course, one of the five postgraduate courses in the college. It offers two seats for the microbiology course.

This came as a major relief to the medical college which was smarting under the problem of not having a single recognised PG course, which was also creating problems for the two batches that had passed out from the college. Speaking to The Hindu, Principal V.K. Sreekala said that recognition for three more PG courses in general medicine, paediatrics and psychiatry were on hold because of the common drawback in not having an MRI scanning facility at the college.

The scanner would be installed by the end of the month. A compliance report would be sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) after the installation of the machine, Dr. Sreekala said.

PG in pathology is another course lacking recognition. The MCI stipulations are expected to be met soon in this department too, she said.

A total of 11 seats were offered by the college in five departments – three seats in general medicine and two each in other four departments.

The medical college had sent a compliance report in August last year for the Microbiology Department after enhancing the faculty positions and rectifying the drawbacks pointed out in the Medical Council Assessor’s report during the final examinations held in June 2017. The Board of Governors in Supersession of Medical Council of India in its sitting on February 25 had considered the Compliance Verification Assessment report filed in December last year and recommended recognition of the microbiology PG course affiliated to the Kerala University of Health Sciences.

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