|3 years on, no progress on proposal for setting up Medical Universities|
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 21: With five new medical colleges likely to come up in the state soon, the proposal to form deemed medical universities to regularize the working of these medical colleges seems to have been shelved.
Official sources told Early Times that with the announcement of three Medical Colleges for Jammu and two for Srinagar Province, a proposal had been submitted to the then Minister as well as Secretary of Health and Medical Education Department for the establishment of autonomous deemed Medical University of Health Sciences, in Jammu and Kashmir but no step was taken to execute the proposal.
"At present all over India there are 30 Deemed Medical Universities and 14 Full Medical Universities, 10 being state controlled but in Jammu and Kashmir there is no Medical University since the inception of Medical Colleges and all curriculums are being handled by non- technical Universities of Jammu and Kashmir.
Official sources further told that keeping in view the qualitative Medical Education, Academics, Research, and Patient's Care and overall qualitative health care delivery system, the proposal was made and submitted to the parent department. In the absence of technical universities the already existing Dental Colleges, Medical Colleges, Government Nursing Colleges, Paramedical Institutes, Physiotherapy Colleges and others have increased the workload on Universities of the State. The University of Jammu, as well as Kashmir, are overburdened with the examination and other academic affairs and to run medical colleges, which have totally different exam patterns and syllabi, is a cumbersome job for them.
Sources claimed that the technical universities will help to reduce unemployment in the State by creating Job opportunity for many health professionals, will also help to achieve the comprehensive quality health care for all and this will also facilitate these institutions to meet standards norms set by Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of India (DCI), Nursing Council and Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) very effectively and also assist to achieve the highest standards of academic excellence at par with already established deemed medical universities at National Level.
"But due to lackadaisical response of higher-ups of the department, the proposal is gathering dust in secretariat, "Sources alleged.
Principal Secretary of H&ME Atul Dulloo was not available for comment on the issue.