By Dr.Mumtaz Naiyer
Recently UGC published the list of fake universities in India. The state of Uttar Pradesh tops the list with maximum fake universities, 8 out of 22. This prompts me to look at the list of medical colleges approved by Medical Council of India (MCI). The first thing that came in my mind to check the MCI approved medical colleges of my native state BIHAR. Bihar has 13 MCI approved medical colleges. It further arouses my curiosity to know what courses (under graduate and post graduate) these colleges offer. Is there any research work being conducted in these medical colleges?
To my utter surprise while looking at their websites I found two of MCI approved colleges in the state of Bihar are bereft of any website. The name of two such medical colleges is “Mata Gujri Memorial Medical College, Kishanganj” and “Lord Buddha Koshi Medical College and Hospital, Saharsa”. Both the medical colleges are private. MGM Medical College Kishanganj is running under a trust and a Sikh minority institution.
Being a native of Kishanganj it was no less than a shock for me to know that only medical college in the district is being operated since 1990 without any website. The college has been situated in one of the most backward regions of India at Kishanganj which has 70% Muslim population.
As per the terms of Notification published on 03.07.2015 in the Gazette of India, MCI clearly states that each and every college/institute shall have its own website wherein the following details updated in the first week of every month shall be provided:-
- Details of Dean, Principal and Medical Superintend including their name,qualification complete address with telephone and STD code, fax and E-mailetc.
- Teaching as well as non-teaching staff.
- Details of the sanctioned intake capacity of various courses UG as well asPGs by the MCI.
- List of students admitted merit-wise category-wise (UG & PG) for the current and previous year.
- Any research publications during the last one year.
- Details of any CME programmes, conferences and/or any academic activities conducted by the institution.
- Details of any awards and achievement received by the students or faculty
- Details of the affiliated university and its Vice-Chancellor and Registrars.
- Result of all the examinations of last one year.
- Detailed status of recognition of all the courses.
- Details of clinical material in the hospital.
MCI approved colleges without a website clearly violates the MCI guidelines and unfortunately MGM Medical College Kishanganj is one of them.This institution has been permitted by the MCI, New Delhi to undertake admission of 60 Students to the MBBS Course which has been increased to 100 last year.
MGM medical college is now 26 years old not having a website shows how poor it is so far transparency is concerned. Only God knows what kind of doctors the institution is producing. Because of such private medical colleges the market has been flooded with doctors so poorly trained and they are little better than quacks.
Many of the private colleges have been set up by businessmen and politicians, who have no experience operating medical or educational institutions. The director of the MGM medical college Mr. Dilip Jaiswal is also a politician who is BJP MLC from the area.
Paying bribes – often in the guise of “donations” – to gain admission to private Indian medical schools is widespread, according to India’s health ministry, doctors and college officials. Such donations are being used in money laundering and other political activities.
As per sources MGM medical college Kishanganj has annual turnover of more than 200 crore and the institution doesn’t have a website is quite surprising. Also there are reports of medical negligence; patients dying in operation theater etc. have been reported. The poor patients could not muster courage to report in the police because the director of the institution is very influential BJP politician.
I would like to draw the attention of Chief Minister of Bihar Mr. Nitish Kumar and the Union Minister of Health and family welfare Mr. JP Nadda to look after the matter why MGM Medical College Kishanganj violates the MCI guidelines even though institution is 26 years old.
I hope the authorities of MGM Medical College will address the issue ASAP and for maintaining transparency it will update the details in their website as per the MCI terms of Notification published on 03.07.2015 in the Gazette of India.