The change of guards in Lucknow, may prove to be a blessing for the Kannauj Medical College, which is expecting to accommodate 100 students for its 2012-13 academic sessions. Promised by the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in February 2006, the college seems to have become a prestigious issue for the current regime. As a result, to the state medical education department is all out to get the medical college functional by the new academic session that begins in August 2012.
However, the task is not so easy for the government, considering the gaps pointed out by Medical Council of India (MCI). After a formal inspection of the site in May 2009, the MCI prepared a 30-point report to deny recognition to the medical college. Broadly speaking, the team found that except for the building, everything else (which includes principal, faculty members, paramedical staff, residents and patients) missing. Labour room, blood bank, incinerator, audio-visual aids in the lecture rooms, animal house, sports and recreational facilities, canteen, kitchen, mess in hospital and hotels were also absent.
But now, officials are working overtime to ensure that the dream project is eventually realised. Principal Secretary medical education, Sanjay Agarwal, said, "We are trying our best to get the college functional as soon as possible." Officials in the medical education directorate were hopeful of admitting medical students for the 2012-13 academic sessions. Though Agarwal didn't reveal the details, he informed that the walk-in interview to recruit faculty members at Kannauj Medical College was finalised on Monday, 9th April.
"We posted the principal and appointed eight professors for the medical college, so that it fulfills the pre-conditions laid by the Medical Council of India," he said. It may be noted that medical college was one of the many sops promised by Mulayam government ahead of the 2007 Vidhan Sabha elections. Medical colleges were also proposed for Azamgarh and Jalaun districts - each having a capacity of admitting 100 students and a budgetary provision of 410 crore was made. Despite the change of guards, the project survived. The Maya government, however, added two more medical colleges at Saharanpur and Ambedkarnagar to the same project.
Earmarking Rs 1,500 crore for the same, the government re-named the Kannauj Medical College after dalit icon Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. A name change is now being speculated. Initially a PPP model was proposed to run the medical colleges. A consultant was hired and bids were invited. But, not many players turned up. So the state government reclaimed it. Meanwhile, it was said that due to fund crunch, the state government agreed to open these colleges under special component plan in which 85% of the seats were reserved for SC and OBC candidates.
Courtesy: Times of India