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NEIGRIHMS offers to train faculties for new medical college

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SHILLONG, May 5: The North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences has offered to assist the Meghalaya government in developing trained faculties for the new state-owned medical college.
“We can provide a helping hand in fulfilling the desire of the state to have trained faculties so that they are qualified to teach in accordance with the norms laid down by the National Medical Commission (NMC) which is the supreme power of medical education in the country,” NEIGRIHMS Medical Superintendent, Dr C Daniala said during the 23rd scientific conference-cum-general body meeting of the Meghalaya Medical Services Association (MMSA) which concluded on Saturday.
Stating that a medical college in the state is the need of the hour, Dr Daniala said it will provide much-needed boost to local health manpower in the state.
Dr Daniala said it was necessary for the state to have its own medical college especially when one looks at the Centre’s reservation policy.
“Having a state-run medical college would mean a lion’s share of MBBS seats for aspiring  medical students of the state. The decision to set up the medical college is a bit late but nevertheless is going to benefit the state,” Dr Daniala, who is also the president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Meghalaya Chapter, said.
Meanwhile, he said that NEIGRIHMS has recently started a regional training centre for faculty development programme which is one of its kinds in the Northeast and which has been set up by the NMC.
According to him, this will help the state in fulfilling the criteria of the NMC to run a medical college, adding that it will also ensure that all the personnel who have been trained are recognised by the commission.
“I am also happy to know that the state government recently started two-year diploma post-graduate courses in Anesthesiology and Radiology in Shillong Civil Hospital,” he said.

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