[ Junroi Mamai ]
ITANAGAR, Jun 13: The first academic session of Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) will begin from August this year with the intake of 50 MBBS students.
The Medical Council of India (MCI), earlier on 15 May, granted letter of permission (LOP) to the TRIHMS for starting the college from this year onwards.
Speaking to The Arunachal Times, TRIHMS authorities informed that faculty strength of the college is almost full with 9 professors, 10 associate professors, 23 assistant professors, 16 senior resident doctors and 32 junior resident doctors, tutors and demonstrators.
“For the first year, three subjects -anatomy, physiology and biochemistry will be taught- for which the department has been fully set up with cent percent faculty presence. Lecture, library and examination halls are complete and equipment has also been made available. We have also acquired cadavers for anatomy dissection and human organ specimen for students to study,” the TRIHMS authorities informed, adding that faculties for other subjects to be taught next year have also been appointed.
“The professor for medicine will be joining the college soon, while the only faculty not available presently is for orthopaedic”, they further informed.
The authorities also informed that admission process will be conducted through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) by the directorate of medical education as per the direction of the GoAP.
Further, highlighting the various hurdles which needed to be cleared in order to get the centre’s approval for the medical college, the TRIHMS authorities said, “We made every effort to ensure that the college fulfils all the guidelines under the Medical Council of India. However, when the MCI team came to Itanagar for the final inspection, it refused to accept 38 resident doctors on the grounds that they have not been allotted quarters within the TRIHMS campus. In fact, construction of quarters was almost over by then and only finishing was pending. Nevertheless, the MCI team, in its report to the centre declared that TRIHMS College does not have adequate facilities. However, the state government took up the matter with the MCI president and after much efforts the LOP was granted.”
The TRIHMS authorities have further expressed concern over misconceptions among some section of people regarding establishment of the medical college.
“They believe that the state referral hospital will no longer exist and with it, various vertical programmes under NHM, such as TB, HIV, MCH, etc, being run by the state government for the poor as well as tertiary cancer centre and cancer patients will be badly affected. This is completely false, all vertical programmes are going on as earlier. In fact, it has been gradually modified with posting of five more doctors in the oncology department to ensure that more poor patients avail its benefits,” they added.
[ Junroi Mamai ]