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Issue of vacancies is being taken seriously says NMC

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Anushka Sharma –

Published On: October 14, 2021 at 12:15 IST

The government has taken the issue of vacancies at public medical colleges and institutes “seriously”, according to the National Medical Commission, and the matter would be discussed at a meeting of chief secretaries with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Medical Assessment and Rating Board of National Medical Commission (NMC) stated in a letter to the respective incharges of all government medical colleges and institutes in the country that it has observed that many departments have been vacant for many years.

“Colleges/institutions are applying for Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Broad, and Super Specialty courses without ensuring that the lecturers have the necessary qualifications. We also have noticed that required and essential equipment of the departments are lacking to maintain standard teaching and training of the doctors,” Member (MARB) of NMC Professor G Suryanarayana Raju said in the letter on October 11.

The letter also remarked, “The above matter has been viewed seriously by the Government of India. This matter is proposed to be taken up in the conference of Chief Secretary of different State/Union Territories with the Prime Minister of India.”

As a result, the NMC has asked them (dean/principal/director) to address staffing shortages and equipment shortages in current government medical colleges/institutions, including teaching hospitals, within 24 hours.