Thirteen years years after it was established, the Cochin Medical College, which has been taken over by the government, is set to offer PG courses from this academic year.
The Medical College has been granted permission to start PG courses in six subjects -- medicine, microbiology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry and physiology. While three seats were sanctioned for PG in medicine, one seat each was allotted for other courses.
Medical Director of the college Dr Junaid Rahman said the number of seats was proportional to the strength of the faculty. “As per the norm there should be one professor per student. Presently, there is a shortage of professors. The existing teaching faculty is compatible for the UG course. To enhance PG courses, the number of professors will have to be increased. Since the government has taken over the Medical College, the decision has to be made by the government,” said Dr Junaid Rahman.
He said the details of the PG courses would be included in prospectus for the academic year 2014-15.
With the Medical College authorities revealing that PG course was allotted for six subjects only, Health Minister V S Sivakumar’s announcement in December that nine PG courses were sanctioned has proved to be false. The Minister in a press release issued through the Public Relation Department on January 9, had announced the nod for nine new PG courses. However, neither the Director of Medical Education nor the Medical College authorities was aware of this.
Besides, the status of the application for PG courses on the website of the Medical Council of India (MCI) reads as ‘considered for assessment’.
Meanwhile, the government has issued an order on changing the name Cochin Medical College to Government medical College Ernakulam. The procedure to take over the Medical College from the Cooperative Academy for Professional Education (CAPE) is in progress. Though it was announced that takeover procedure would be completed by January-end or early February, Dr Junaid Rahman who is also the special officer for the takeover, has made it clear that it would take at least two more months to complete the procedure.