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20 p.c. faculty shortage behind delay in setting up JNIMS

IMPHAL, Oct 7: Failure of the state government to commission the Jawarharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science, JNIMS, at Porompat by the deadline it set earlier was on account of a shortfall of 20 percent in the recruitment of teaching faculty, a statement by the commissioner health and family welfare said.
The statement said last years the government made all out efforts to set up the state government medical college.
A team of Medical Council of India, MCI, which inspected the project in July reported that the number of hospital beds had increased to 300 and occupancy was 70 percent which were comfortably within the criterion it set for setting up medical colleges. However, of 55 strong teaching faculty essential, only 44 vacancies could be filled. Likewise, out of 42 residents doctors required, only 41 could be recruited.
The statement said the letter of permission,LOP, to start the medical college was not granted by the MCI on account of the 20 percent shortfall in the teaching faculty.
It further said there is an acute shortage of medical faculty throughout the country and the state government and JNIMS have been making efforts to get the required faculty.
Advertisement were issued in local newspapers, national newspapers and websites etc.
The JNIMS has also sent out search teams to contact eligible faculty.
On a positive note the statement said the shortfall has been reduced since July this year. The preclinical departments of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are ready. The Hostel for boys and girls are also ready it added.
The statement further mentioned that, the governing council of JNIMS met under chairmanship of chief minister Okram Ibobi today and thoroughly reviewed the preparatory steps.
To attract adequate senior faculty such as professors and associate professors, the governing council decided to offer free accommodation, transportation allowance, telephone and air travel allowances. Other teaching faculty on pay scale payment would be offered Incentive Allowances the statement added.
There are some delays in allocation of funds to JNIMS because the general election had delayed approval of Annual Plan 2009-10 by Planning Commission, it said.
Necessary action has been completed now and adequate grant-in-aid funds will be available with JNIMS to meet all salary expenses, the statement added.
The official statement also mentioned that construction of civil works required for the medical college and teaching hospital have been taken up on war footing since October, 2008.
Adequate provision for civil works have been proposed under SPA 2009-10 and approval for Planning Commission is expected shortly. Government took various decisions to enable construction works progress in full swing, including preparation of a three phase DPR, it said.
Issue relating to consolidating the organization structure of JNIMS and JN Hospital are formulated, the statement further said.
It said the establishment of a medical college would be an asset for the state and a boon for aspiring medical students, state government and JNIMS will be sparing no efforts to fulfil the MCI requirements, and further sought support and encouragement of all well wishers of the state.(IFP)

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