27 medical colleges in Karnataka penalized by National Medical Commission for poor infrastructure

27 medical colleges in Karnataka penalized by National Medical Commission for poor infrastructure

Bengaluru: Karnataka’s healthcare educational institutions have been left in a major embarrassment after the National Medical Commission penalised at least 27 medical colleges in the state, including government ones, for failing to provide adequate infrastructure and facilities.

Information obtained from the Department of Medical Education, Karnataka, shows that shortage of faculty members is one of the most common problems in most of these institutes. Surprisingly, even several old and established colleges seem to be plagued by the problem, as much as those which have been in existence for a much shorter period of time.

According to data accessed by DH, the institutions were fined ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, with five government medical colleges receiving the highest fine.

The details accessible via DH reveals that the highest fine of Rs 15 lakh has been imposed on government-run Chikkamagaluru Institute of Medical Sciences, Chitradurga Institute of Medical Sciences, Chikkaballapur Institute of Medical Sciences, MIMS Mandya and YIMS Yadgir.

Other government institutions penalised include: KRIMS Karwar; MMCRI Mysuru; GIMS, Gulbarga; SIMS, Shivamogga, Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences and CIMS Chamrajnagar (Rs 3 lakh each) and KIMS Hubli (Rs 2 lakh each).

As many as 11 private medical colleges, whose norms were found not to be at par with those prescribed by the NMC, have also been penalised, a senior official of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) said. “Two ESI colleges are also on the list of institutions penalised by the national body,” the official said.

Incidentally, prior to the NMC expert committee, a local inspection committee of RGUHS had visited the medical colleges in the state. A former vice chancellor of RGUHS urged the university administration to take strict action against institutes that lacked basic infrastructure and facilities.

“Such institutions should not be recommended for renewal of affiliation, or allowed to increase their intake of students. There is no room for compromise with institutions that fail to meet expected standards, irrespective of whether they are state-run or private,” the former VC said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil said he was aware of medical colleges in the state that have been sanctioned by NMC. “It is true that there are some shortcomings in these institutes. I have directed the officials to take steps to rectify them,” the minister said.

Published July 9, 2024, 12:51 AM IST