TIRUVANNAMALAI: With the process for applying for MBBS courses coming to a close in the State, the Government Tiruvannamalai Medical College and Hospital (GTMCH) is yet to get the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) nod for admission of the second batch of students. However, officials are confident of getting the MCI’s approval soon.
The MCI team had conducted an inspection in the second week of March this year in the college and hospital, to assess the infrastructure and availability of teaching faculties for renewal of permission for the MBBS course for the second batch (100 seats) for 2014-2015.
At the end of the inspection, the MCI team had listed out 18 deficiencies.
These included — 14 per cent deficiency of faculty, lack of journals in the central library, inadequate specimens in the anatomy museum, absence of catalogues and availability of only 10 to 12 books in the department library of the anatomy department. Lack of equipment in central photography unit and absence of E-class facility in lecture theatres were also raised.
Besides, the team noted that there were no microscopes in the practical laboratory and non-availability of media preparation facility in microbiology department and that the practical and research laboratory, departmental library and museum were non-functional in pathology, pharmacology and forensic medicine departments.
In its executive committee meeting held on April 16, the council, citing the deficiencies, decided to recommend to the Central Government not to renew the permission for the admission to the second batch of the GTMCH for the academic year 2014-2015.
Following this, the administration of the college had sent a compliance report to the MCI through the Directorate of Medical Education.
In the meantime, the college also carried out the process for issuing applications for the MBBS course. A total of 523 applications had been received by the college for admission, from the aspirants of the course.
“We are confident of getting the approval from the MCI very soon for the admission for second year. The admission process is underway and it will be done as per schedule,” Director of Medical Education S Geethalakshmi told