Shortage of medical teachers, nurses, paramedical staff, technicians, unsatisfactory conditions of operation theater, library, labs, general wards and emergency have resulted in the loss of 22 MBBS seats in SN Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, run by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
The seats were reduced by the Medical Council of India after an inspection on May 28, 2019.
With the reduction of seats, the college, which used to admit 150 MBBS students, can now admit only 128.
It is shocking that the college has been running without these mandatory requirements for long and conducting classes for MS and MD courses. One can well imagine the standard of education that students get in the college.
Despite these lacunae, the government did not take concrete steps to address the shortage of teachers, nurses and take other corrective measures. This exposes how the government was taking the treatment of patients for granted by not fulfilling the standards set up by the MCI.
Earlier also, MCI had had inspected the college in 2018 and found many lacunae. However, even after one year, the college did not improve its functioning, which has resulted in the loss of 22 precious MBBS seats.
According to the MCI, the college has a shortage of 18% teachers and 40% nurses. As per norms, a medical college has to have 162 teachers but the SN Medical College has 132 teachers. Only 170 nurses were found on duty whereas 372 nurses should be on duty. The college can not arrange seating arrangement of 600 students, which is mandatory for this medical college.
Dr KK Gupta, Director, Medical Education, UP, said that seats have been reduced following the shortage of teachers and nurses.