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NMC Ghost faculty & SRS, low attendance in majority of medical colleges

New Delhi : The National Medical Commission has said “A majority of the medical colleges assessed in 2022-23 were found to have ghost faculty and senior residents (SRS), and none of the institutes met the requirement of 50 per cent attendance.” The NMC said this in a reply to the Associations of Emergency Physicians of India over their grievance regarding the exclusion of emergency medicine specialty as a requirement for setting up new medical colleges. In a recently notified regulation, the NMC excluded the requirement of an emergency department for setting up new medical colleges.

The NMC said it found that none of them visit the emergency department regularly “because there is no one in the emergency medicine department to interact with them other than the casualty medical officer”. “The posting in the emergency medicine department is supposed to be a break period for the students,” the Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB) of the NMC said.

Earlier, in its June 23 draft, emergency medicine department was among the 14 departments that new medical colleges approved for undergraduate admissions must have. In its reply to the AEPI dated September 22, the UGMEB said the real picture on emergency medicine departments is different from what it looks like on paper. “While checking the Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance of these colleges, we were shocked to note that there was 100 per cent failure in all colleges with respect to the faculty and senior resident doctors employed to fulfil the requirements as per the MSR (minimum standard requirement) 2020. Majority of the colleges had ghost faculty and SRS (senior residents) or had not employed the required faculty at all,” the commission said in the reply.

The attendance was evaluated randomly at any time of the year during the working days at a stretch for about two months, the board said. “After warning the colleges for deficiencies and after giving them adequate time to fulfil deficiencies, none of the colleges met with the requirement of even 50 per cent attendance. Zero attendance was still common. This only establishes that although on paper the data is 134 colleges with emergency medicine departments, the facts are far from the depicted picture,” the reply stated.