Government today ordered appointment of five senior most Professors of Government Medical Colleges of the State as In-charge Principals for five newly created Government Medical Colleges, three in Jammu division and two in Kashmir.
With the setting up of these colleges and academic session likely beginning this year, additional 500 MBBS seats will be available in the State.
As per government order vide no. 408-HME of 2018, dated 4-7-2018, five principals were designated for upcoming GMCs at Anantnag, Baramulla, Kathua, Doda and Rajouri.
As these LoI and LoPs are needed to be signed by the designate principals for the medical colleges as per guidelines.
According to the order, Dr Javed Choudhary, Professor Paediatric, Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, has been appointed as Incharge Principal, Government Medical College Baramulla and Dr Showket Jeelani, Professor & HoD Surgery, GMC Srinagar, as Incharge principal, Government Medical College Anantnag.
Similarly, Dr Ghansham Dev Gupta, Professor, Radio Diagnosis, GMC Jammu, has been appointed as Incharge Principal, GMC Doda; Dr Zahid Geelani, Professor, Pharmacology, GMC Jammu, as Incharge Principal, GMC Rajouri and Dr Bella Mahajan, Professor, Microbiology, GMC Jammu, has been appointed as Incharge Principal, GMC Kathua.
This move of the Government is being seen as a step towards expedition of the process of making these new five Government Medical Colleges at the earliest as these Medical Colleges (each with intake capacity of 100 MBBS students) were announced in February 2014 by the then Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
While construction work on these Medical Colleges has been set into motion but pace of work is too slow.
Further, 3700 posts of doctors and paramedical staff for these Medical Colleges have been sanctioned by the State Cabinet and out of these, posts of doctors have been referred to recruitment agency, the Public Service Commission while posts of paramedical staff are yet to be referred to Services Selection Board.
There is great resentment among the people of the State, particularly medical aspirants, for delay in making functional the new Medical Colleges as due to non-serious approach adopted by the previous Government in making new Medical Colleges functional, 500 NEET passed medical aspirants of the State remain deprived of the opportunity to fulfill their aspiration last year and the same number of students this year.
According to sources, the BJP National President Amit Shah during his recent visit to Jammu had assured that the academic session in these five GMCs will start from this session.
However, the pace for starting the first session gained momentum with the Governor’s administration ordering the placements.
The union ministry of health and family welfare, under centrally sponsored scheme – ‘Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing referral/district hospitals’ had sanctioned Rs 189 crore each for each of the five medical college.