From the Hindu May 01,2005
The Directorate of Medical Education has asked heads of various departments of Tirunelveli Medical College (TVMC) to send proposals for admission to Diploma in National Board of Examination (DNB) at the college.
After holding discussions with Dr. Saraswathi, Dean, and the heads of various departments on Friday during her "routine visit" to the college and its hospital, Dr. Vijayalakshmi, Director of Medical Education (DME), asked the administration to send proposals to the directorate in this regard before May 7, highly placed TVMCH sources told The Hindu.
The initiative taken by the DME has brought cheers among the medical practitioners and the medical students here, as the DNB, equivalent to the post-graduate degree in medicine, ensure the availability of adequate number of qualified hands to be posted in the departments medical colleges which experience acute shortage of eligible staff.
"Since we can't find doctors in adequate numbers in the field of anatomy, the shortage of faculty members in the Department of Anatomy is huge. We had to face serious problems during the visit of a team from the Medical Council of India. The move by the DME would completely alleviate this problem as we can get more competent students with DNB if it is started here," a doctor at the TVMCH said.
Dr. Vijayalakshmi also asked the TVMCH administration to forward a proposal for highly advanced cancer treatment and its management, which would ensure the arrival of state-of-the-art equipment to the TVMCH.
The director asked the doctors here to send their requirements to upgrade the accident and trauma care sections with the assistance from the Union Government.
After reviewing the strength of the infrastructure facilities at the college and its hospital, Dr. Vijayalakshmi, invited the TVMCH administration to send a proposal for upgrading of the Nursing Training Centre there into a full-fledged Nursing College to produce highly skilled nurses.
Besides this, the TVMCH will also have a minimum of six paramedical courses such as X-ray technician, lab technician, Intensive Care Unit technician, ECG technician, etc., in the near future if the proposals to be forwarded by the college are approved.
After holding discussions with the heads of various departments in the hospital, Dr. Vijayalakshmi visited the college and inspected the construction of a new building in the hospital premises.
She asked the PWD engineers to complete the project at the earliest.
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