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Uttarakhand Govt to continue running Srinagar Medical College

The plan to hand over the Medical College to the Army has been shelved

After deliberations of more than two years, the plan to hand over the Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Institute of Medical Science and Research, Srinagar (Garhwal) has failed. It is learnt that after initially showing initial interest in taking over the Medical College, the Army later backtracked on the plan. Snubbed, the state government has now decided to operate the medical college on its own. When contacted, the Vice Chancellor ( VC) of the HNB Uttarakhand medical education university, Professor Hem Chandra told The Pioneer that the plan to hand over the Srinagar Medical College to the Army has been shelved. He said that a recruitment drive would be launched after the end of the Model Code of Conduct ( MCC) enforced in view of the Lok Sabha elections to fill the vacant posts of faculty in the medical college. He said that 40 percent faculty positions in the medical college are vacant. The VC accepted that the medical college is finding it hard to recruit faculty. “We are providing all types of facility like accommodation and higher salaries to the faculty members,’’ he said. After the recruitment of faculty members the university is focussing on increasing the number of Post Graduate ( PG) seats in the college. In view of the various problems faced by the Srinagar Medical College, the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in the year 2017 had asked his officers to explore the possibilities of handing over the college to the Army Medical Corps (AMC). He took up the issue with the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. After the meeting between the two, the AMC started the process of taking over the medical college. The teams of AMC visited the medical college and facilities but the plan failed to take shape. The Srinagar medical college was given permission to start MBBS classes in the year 2008. The college at present has a sanctioned capacity of 100 MBBS seats and 04 Post Graduate seats. The college had as many as nine Principals in last ten years while 80 percent posts of residents and 28 percent faculty positions are vacant. The situation has come to an extent where it is becoming increasingly difficult to get the recognition of Medical Council of India (MCI). Interestingly, the Uttarakhand government has made special arrangements to ensure that higher salaries are paid to the faculty members appointed in the Srinagar medical college to compensate for its location related disadvantage but even then faculty continues to elude it. Sunday, 19 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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