The government has decided to issue a show-cause notice to the dean of the Goa Medical College Dr Pradeep Naik for his lethargy to respond to the offer of the Union ministry of health and family welfare as regards increasing the number of doctoral and masters seats at the GMC.
The MBBS students at the GMC are presently facing a major disappointment as the college has missed the opportunity of increasing the number of its doctoral and masters seats.
The GMC failed to apply for an upgrade for these seats before the Union ministry, for which the deadline was January 25, 2019.
Coming out with this information, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told ‘The Navhind Times’ that he has already forwarded a e-mail to the health secretary directing him to issue a show-cause notice to the GMC dean, seeking an explanation about “his act as regards playing with the lives of the students of the medical college.”
“The dean will receive the show-cause notice by tomorrow morning,” he informed.
“If I find that the fault lies with the dean, then I will place him under suspension and initiate an inquiry against him,” the Health Minister warned, pointing out that he would also be meeting the parents of the aggrieved students.
“I will not spare the dean this time because the dean is doing what he wants, and he has to understand that there is something called the government, which does not run as per his whims and fancies,” he added.
Many of the medical colleges around the country took advantage of the one-time opportunity to increase their MD/ MS seats, while the GMC clearly missed the bus.
If the GMC had succeeded in availing the up-gradation offer, it would have enhanced its tally of 139 Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Surgery (MS) seats by another 22.
These 22 diploma seats ranged in a number of specialisations including radiology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, preventive and social medicine, anaesthesia and gynaecology that could have been upgraded.
The parents of the MBBS students have already written a letter to the Health Minister requesting him to instruct the college administration to take emergency steps to explain the delay and seek appointment of Union Health Minister J P Nadda through the good offices of Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik to at least see to it that the up-gradation is considered before the fresh seat matrix is displayed for second round of post-graduation admissions due to be held in next few weeks.