New Delhi, IAS. Nearly 3,000 non-medical teachers are ‘on the verge of losing their jobs’ following the new guidelines of the National Medical Commission (NMC), which has drastically reduced the number of non-medical MSc teachers in medical colleges across the country. The new rules of the National Medical Commission (NMC) are going to fall on those who teach as scientific teachers after studying medical science in medical colleges and getting MSc or PhD degree. In fact, it has been decided to reduce the percentage of such scientific teachers in medical colleges. The guideline to reduce their number from 30 percent to 15 percent in medical college faculties has been taken through the National Medical Commission (NMC).

It is to be known that at present there are more than four thousand ‘non-medical’ teachers working in medical colleges across the country, many of whom will be affected by the new RMC guidelines. Meanwhile, the National MSc Medical Teachers Association (NMMTA) has filed a writ petition challenging these rules in the Delhi High Court, which will hear next on February 17, 2021.

Actually, after completing the old course of Medical MSc, there are opportunities for the scientists who want to teach in the medical college, but now the new guidelines are cracking down on them. Whereas after doing medical MSc or PhD, no such subject is found in the NET exam also. The NMMTA has also taken up the matter with the Ministry of Education and Health. In fact, raising the demand for reforms on behalf of the NMMTA, it was said that recently the National Medical Commission has reduced the percentage of scientific teachers of non-medical field in medical colleges.

NMMTA wrote a letter to the Ministry of Health

Seeking to repeal the guideline, the NMMTA in a letter submitted to the ministry said that the return of the guideline will remove the faculty crisis in the institutions and help the teachers. As per the guidelines issued by the medical education regulator in October 2020, the permissible anatomy and physiology in non-medical faculty has come down from 30 per cent to 15 per cent, in biochemistry from 50 per cent to 15 per cent and in microbiology and pharmacology from 30 per cent to 0. Percentage posts. The NMC has claimed that these guidelines will not affect the existing faculties already in employment and will be applicable to new medical colleges, new appointments and colleges seeking to increase MBBS seats.

On behalf of the association, President Sridhar Rao and General Secretary Arjun Maitra met NITI Aayog and Health Secretary and demanded a solution. At the same time, the ministry has also assured to look into the matter.

Dr Rao said that there is a need to improve the medical MSc course being run on the lines of MD course in medical colleges. MCI has quietly removed the regulation on the course. Now these courses are being conducted through private health universities.

Faculty may be short

Up to 30 per cent (50% in Biochemistry) in non-clinical subjects of Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and others, as per MCI teacher eligibility and qualification guideline; Microbiology may become ‘non-medical’ due to non-availability of medical (MBBS/MD) qualified teachers.

NMMTA President Sridhar Rao said that MD seats in non-clinical subjects have increased by 40-50 per annum. Hundred percent of them remain vacant every year, which will only mean that the faculty shortage is likely to continue. Rao said the shortage is more pronounced in colleges located in rural, remote or hilly areas, where the availability of medical teachers is generally poor. The introduction of new MBBS syllabus is not a cause for concern as all teachers are being trained to implement it.

Edited By: Arun Kumar Singh