Few permanent teachers for paramedical courses at Kozhikode Medical Faculty

Lack of qualified permanent teachers affects studies, says student union president

Lack of qualified permanent teachers affects studies, says student union president

Just when the shortage of teachers at the Government Medical College, Kozhikode, is making headlines, students of paramedic courses there say they don’t even have permanent positions except for one. course and that the health department had not responded to their concerns.

According to student union officials, there are five Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) courses and nine degree courses in the paramedical category at the medical school. A total of about 250 undergraduates take the undergraduate courses in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT), Optometry, Cardiovascular Technology, Infusion Technology, and Dialysis Technology.

However, permanent teaching positions have not been created for these courses, except for the B.Sc (MLT). Even in this course, the number of posts created is not in line with the provisions of Kerala University of Health Sciences. Although there should be three positions each for professors and associate professors, there are none. Of the six assistant professorships, only four have been filled. The position of Tutor Technician in the Pathology Department is vacant and a person with M.Sc (Pathology) is functioning as a Tutor in the Microbiology Department. This tutor is not able to teach Microbiology in B.Sc. (MLT). There are no permanent teachers for the B.Sc (Optometry). The terms of the temporary guardians ended on June 17. The current system of appointing Job Exchange tutors on a one-year contract was also problematic, they said.

The president of the students’ union, O. Muhammed Aakhil, said that the lack of qualified permanent teachers was affecting their studies. Even after making representations to Health Minister Veena George, the Director of Medical Education and other officials, the issues remained unresolved, he added. The students’ union held a symbolic strike on Friday to protest official apathy.

Paramedic students also requested a stipend during their internship period similar to that given to internal surgeons. They required that B.Sc students in Optometry and Infusion Technology and those pursuing a Bachelor in Cardiovascular Technology receive a stipend. Except for the Medical Laboratory Technology course, none of the others have postgraduate programs in government medical colleges. Students said that the higher education prospects of people from poor families were affected. They also requested an urgent transfer of funds to the public works department for the construction of a paramedical institute.