SHILLONG, Nov 10: The opposition Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) has sought the intervention of the Union health minister, J.P. Nadda over de-recognition of Post Graduate (PG) courses at the super specialty North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).
In a letter to Nadda, HSPDP chief Ardent M Basaiawmoit said, “The de-recognition of Post graduate course is a matter of serious concern for the students and their parents. We request you to kindly examine the matter and redeem the institute and restore its prestige.”
He said that NEIGRIHMS was conceptualized and built as the Post Graduate/Super Specialty institute to generate the man power to meet the health requirements for the people of North East.
The post-graduate courses were started around five years back with the full support of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the state government.
However, Basaiawmoit said that it has come to the notice that during the MCI inspection, several departments have been recommended for de-recongition like Anesthesia, Radiology, General, Surgery, Medicine etc.
Upon inquiry, we have come to know that the institute has increased a number of post graduate seats in certain disciplines like anesthesia without the permission of the ministry of health and family welfare. Furthermore, NEIGRIHMS has not tried to fulfill the deficiencies pointed out by an expert committee for running the post-graduate courses,” Basaiawmoit said in the petition.
The HSPDP also told the Union minister that the present NEIGRIHMS director, D.M. Thappa has refused to acknowledge the deficiencies and had sent the compliance report to the MCI with some alterations in the appointments of faculty at the institute’s clinical load and consequently, has put the institute at loggerheads with the MCI.
“We are deeply disappointed with the apathy of the institute in correcting these deficiencies and taking a definite course of action to comply with the minimum requirements of MCI,” Basaiawmoit stated.