Centre taking steps to tackle shortage of medical faculty
Bangalore, Jan 20 (PTI) Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the Centre had taken a host of measures to address the shortage of human resource in the health sector, including relaxing the retirement age of medical teaching faculty to 70 years from the 2010-11 academic year.
Speaking at the 15th convocation ceremony of the National Institute of Mental Health here, he said the ministry hopes to address the shortage by amending regulations, relaxing norms in Medical Council Rules and commencing new schemes.
"To meet the shortage of specialists and faculty, the teacher-student ratio has been increased from 1:1 to 1:2. For the academic year 2010-11, nearly 4000 additional seats in different postgraduate courses in government medical colleges across the country have already been approved."
The minister hoped these initiatives would create an additional 10,000 post graduate seats in the next two years.