If true, it will be one of the biggest announcements by Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, secretary of Medical Education, Government of Maharashtra, who hinted that the Post Graduation (PG) seats at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) across the state may increase by 1,000.
As per the information, recently a proposal regarding the same has been tabled before the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the approval is awaited. Dr. Mukherjee shared the information while speaking as the chief guest at ‘Diamond jubilee gold medal awards and JOSH gold medal function’, at GMCH on Friday.
“If we get approval, the admission on the 1000 seats will begin from next year itself. It is going to bring a positive transformation in terms of infrastructure. Following this, we will be focusing on the appointment of professors at the government institutions”, said Dr. Mukherjee.
The first GMC Alumnus to reach the highest rank in Army, Lt. Gen. Dr. Madhawa Tutakne was the ‘Guest of Honor’ at the program. While addressing the gathering, Dr. Tutakne said, “The opportunity to work with the Indian army is the biggest honor and service to the nation, for any doctor.”
Continuing further, he said, “Students getting their education here can play the role of teacher, soldier, and doctor altogether at the same time, while working with the Army”.
Dean of GMCH (Nagpur) Dr. Sajal Mitra said, “Each day we are serving over 4500 patients visiting here. The seats have increased, bed numbers have gone up to 2,300, new departments are opening up and many more activities are taking place in the direction of progress.”
But also, we must not forget nursing care, and tribal care needs immediate improvisation. Infrastructure development is a subject for the administration, to be stressed upon.
Right from treating basic health issues like; fractures, cold, cough, we are progressing on advanced care like an organ transplant. Managing both is a challenge for us”, he stated.
Besides, at the program, student Ashwini Lahoti receives ‘Josh gold medal’.
Speaking about her struggles, she said, “I do not belong to a doctor’s family and knew nothing about this profession. But one thing I acquired with each day passing, is that this journey is filled with learning and lots of patience. Believe in yourself and continue the hard work.”
The alumni of GMCH, Dr. Krishna Kamble, Dr. Uday Bodhankar, Dr. MS Rawal, Dr. Praful Mokkadam were also felicitated during the event.
Prominently present at the program were Dr. Prakash Wakad, Dr. Vibhavari Dani, Padma Shri Dr. Ashok Gupta, Dr. Manish Srigirwar, Dr. Sudhir Nerall, Dr. DT Kumbhalkar.
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