TOI had reported how the delay in approving these posts had held up sanction of 107 postgraduate medical seats by the National Medical Commission (NMC). With the decks cleared, the state government can now re-apply to NMC and get these seats sanctioned. After inspection of government and civic medical colleges, the NMC had reported deficiencies in their compliance report, following which these colleges did not get sanction to admit students for the academic year 2021-22. The main problem was the teacher-student ratio. The approval of these teachers — 124 professors and 282 associate professors — has come as a relief to medical aspirants. The demand had been pending for eight to 10 months due to administrative reasons. Representatives of Maharashtra State Medical Teachers’ Association have welcomed the move.
The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in a statement said the seats are not reduced, and the colleges will write to the NMC with the compliance report. An official added the admissions would not have been affected as NEET-PG has been postponed till August 31.
PG seats in medical colleges are based on the number of faculty positions. The teacher-student ratio is 1:3 for a professor, 1:2 for an associate professor and 1:1 for a lecturer. Maharashtra does not follow time-bound promotions and for 20 years has been giving ad hoc promotions.