Again, lack of faculty ‘deprives’ GMC Jammu of DNB seats

Pardeep Singh Bali
Bringing yet another embarrassment to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu, lack of adequate faculty deprived the ‘so called’ premier hospital of the winter capital of Diplomate of National Board (DNB) seats.
Recently, National Board of Examinations (NBE) has approved four seats of DNB course in Respiratory Medicine at Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, but no such proposal was meant for GMC Jammu.
Official sources in the health department said that while the government managed to provide four seats of DNB to GMC Srinagar, Jammu was kept in abeyance, which is unfortunate. “The Jammu was again deprived of important health facility and this is because of the dearth of proper faculty in the colleges,” sources said and added that some years back GMC Jammu too had DNB in Microbiology, but was later on scrapped.
The sources further said that nod of the Medical Education and Examination Board (NBE) to start DNB course at GMC Srinagar is a milestone in the development of health department.
“There is huge shortage of faculty in Jammu, whereas in Kashmir, the faculty is adequate, so GMC Srinagar is fulfilling the basic criteria of having adequate faculty,” said the sources.
Vindicating the claims, senior doctor at GMC&H said that Jammu lacks proper faculty to run academic system, due to which no such facility is provided here.
“DNB is equivalent to MD, so it is pursued in special subjects or streams,” said doctor Anil Mahajan, adding “GMC Jammu is providing MD courses in most of the streams, but as far as DNB is concerned it is provided in streams which do not offer MD course.”
When told about approval of four seats to GMC Srinagar, doctor said that it involves some criteria and “You must visit in person to hospital, so that threadbare discussion should be done on this topic,” he suggested, declining that shortage of staff is not only criteria.
Pertinently, the DNB course will commence from current academic year. While two seats are primary intake, where medical graduates can apply, two seats have been allotted to the secondary category wherein aspirants who already have a degree or diploma in Respiratory Medicine or related fields will be eligible to apply.
“The four PG seats that have been approved will go a long way in boosting the Human Resource in Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar,” said senior doctor at GMC Srinagar.

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