Target to setup new medical colleges for next session will be met: Principal Sec
Srinagar: With the state government finally taking a serious view over the operationalisation of five medical colleges, the administration has geared up to set in place the varied requirements that are to be put in place to start functioning of the colleges from the next academic session. Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education, Atal Dullo said that the administration is on the job and the set target will be achieved as per the time frame set by the Governor. “We have taken up several steps in this direction, there is a lot that needs to be done, and we are hopeful that it will be achieved and the colleges shall start to function from next academic session,” Dullo said while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’. Earlier the Governor Satya Pal Malik had called for expeditious completion of all necessary infrastructural and other facilities to ensure that the five new medical colleges in the state start functioning from the next academic session. He had directed for swift recruitment of faculty and completing all necessary requirements that are needed as per the MCI norms. The Medical Council of India (MCI) team is also set to visit these colleges in December, and for that, the administration is said to have initiated necessary steps. “For that, all the necessary steps are being taken,” he said. “It is not an easy job, but little by little, with some steps already taken, it shall be done soon,” he said. Dullo said that the work on all five colleges is going on in full swing and is likely to be achieved.
The administration, earlier as well, has referred around 1,000 posts of medical officers to the PSC which are likely to be filled up soon. The move was aimed at addressing the paucity of the doctors in the state. However, the recruitment will be done in accordance with the SRO-202. Apart from referring these posts to the PSC, the insiders are saying that there are several other plans and proposals that are under process. The five new medical colleges are coming up at Rajouri, Doda, Kathua, Anantnag and Baramulla for which the Centre has sanctioned Rs 189 crore each.
Principal Secretary has been tasked by the governor to personally monitor the progress of these colleges and maintain close coordination with the Public Service Commission (PSC) and services selection recruitment board for early selection of all referred posts and putting up the requisite infrastructure in place within the set timeframe.