Himachal to increase MBBS seats

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    mbbsShimla: Undergraduate seats to MBBS course in IGMC would be enhanced from existing 65 to 100 from next academic session to meet the increasing demand of medical professionals in Himachal. This was revealed by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while speaking on the occasion of Annual Prize Distribution Function of the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, here last evening.
    Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a role model for rest of the Country in delivering best health services to the people at their door steps. He said that State’s performance in the field of providing best and quality health services had been lauded at the national level. One doctor was catering to the health services requirements of 4,500 which was best in the country. He said that with the expansion of the health network in the State the demand for professionals was increasing tremendously. He said that keeping in view the requirement of higher number of professionals, the State Government had taken up the matter of increasing the seats in under-graduate classes in MBBS from existing 65 to 100 with the Medical Council of India which had agreed in principal to allow admissions from next academic session. He said that with the higher number of qualified medical professionals every health institution in the State would be able to provide specialised treatment.
    Prof. Dhumal appealed to the young medical professionals to volunteer themselves to serve in remote and difficult areas where people needed their services more than the other areas where alternate options were also available. He said that IGMC happened to be the premier health education and diagnostic centre in the State which had produced medical professionals of high calibre who had been instrumental in bringing laurels to the college and the State. He said that such high calibre professional ethics needed to be adhered to by coming generations too so that the name and fame of the institution could earn laurels in future as well.
    Chief Minister appealed to the senior medical students to protect the interests of new entrants to their college so that they could study in a most congenial atmosphere under their guidance. He said that ragging had been declared a cognizable offence and any student involving in such activities would be dealt with sternly as per the provisions of the law. He said that since the medicos had to put in hard work to qualify for the degree, hence they should not involve themselves in such an activity which also put them in trouble. He also advised the medicos to stay away from drug abuse. He said that drug abuse was a social vice and one should avoid it. He hoped that the new auditorium of the IGMC would be ready soon where cultural and other such activities would be organised more conveniently from next year onwards.
    Prof. Dhumal gave away prizes to the meritorious students in academics and extra-curricular activities. Dr. Jai Bharat Sharma was adjudged the Best Student of the Year and awarded trophy.
    Dr. Surendra Kashyap, Principal, IGMC, welcomed the Chief Minister and detailed out various additions to bring about qualitative improvement in the medical education. He said that college had started on line library facilities for the convenience of the students.
    Dr. Ghanshyam Sharma, President, New Central Students Association also welcomed the Chief Minister.
    Dr. Vikrant Sharma, General Secretary, presented Annual Report of the College.