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Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab
Address:Sadiq Road
Faridkot (District Faridkot)
Punjab, India
Pin Code : 151203


Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is a recognised institute / college. Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is also known as GGS Medical College Faridkot.


Principal of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is Dr. P.S. Sandhu 98888-23100, Res 250173, Dr. G.C. Ahir.

Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is situated in Faridkot of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Faridkot comes under Faridkot Tehsil, Faridkot District.

Fax # of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is +91-1639-251070.

Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is (are) : +91-1639-250173.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab are 99150-67920, 09814181672.

email ID(s) is Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot Punjab

Website of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is www.bfuhs.ac.in.


Contact Details of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab are : Telephone: +91-1639-251111

Mr Vinod Kumar Kansal, Asstt Manager cum Pharmacist, Red Cross Medical Store, GGS Medical college premises.


Courses

MBBS
MD - Dermatology
MD - Psychiatry
MS - General Surgery
MS - Ophthalmology


Number of seats in Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab is 50 Seats.
Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot Punjab runs course(s) in Medical stream(s).

Guru Gobind Singh Medical College is affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot (Punjab)



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Doctors, students flee medical college hostel in Punjab due to contaminated water

Several medical professionals at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Punjabs Faridkot town are shifting out of their hostels, fearing cancer and other health hazards as the ground water supplied on campus reportedly contains heavy metals, including uranium, beyond the permissible limits.

A large number of students pursuing MBBS too have preferred to rent private accommodation where they have access to clean filtered water. They said that house owners had installed RO systems in the houses rented out to them.

Their fear is not unfounded since several organisations, including researchers from Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, found unsafe concentrations of uranium and heavy metals in water samples collected from Bathinda, Faridkot, Muktsar and adjoining areas.

BARC collected 235 water samples from the region over two years ago. Many of these samples were found to have high uranium contents. Trace Minerals -- a lab in Germany -- too had discovered uranium in childrens hair following chemical tests three years ago.

The findings had provided a fresh insight into the incidents of cancer in Punjabs Malwa belt. Earlier, cancer had been attributed to excessive use of pesticides, but medical professionals now believe that there could be a correlation between uranium exposure, kidney damage and all forms of cancer.

Sources at the medical college said that the institute uses ground water for all its requirements, including drinking. We cannot risk our health. Several students and doctors staying back in the hostels have made arrangement for bottled water. But, that is an expensive proposition, stated a student.

Sources said that about 300 students and more that 200 doctors had been staying away from the hostels. The government had made arrangement for supplying canal water to the college and hostels, but the supply was disrupted due to some technical fault. The shortage of funds was also a reason for non-availability of quality drinking water, they said.

Dr B B Mahajan, officiating principal at the college, said that the groundwater was contaminated. Various researches established that the groundwater was laced with heavy metals, including uranium and arsenic. We are offering the best facilities on the campus, he said.

Mahajan added that students and doctors had been staying out of the campus since it was their personal choice and discretion.

How poisonous is Uranium?

Medical experts say that uranium primarily affects kidneys and bones. They are main sites of uranium accumulation, but it also deposits in the liver and spleen. Possible conditions from more severe uranium contamination include damage to kidney and hematopoiesis in the bone marrow. Heavy metals, including Uranium and arsenic, could also be the cause of cancer.

Dharam Raj Garg versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH

Dr. Dharam Raj Garg,
H.No. 508, B-II, Andiana Gate,
Faridkot (Punjab)
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

1.Public Information Officer
O/o Principal,
Guru Gobind Singh Medical College,
Faridkot (Punjab)
2. Public Information Officer
Director Research and Medical Education, Punjab,
SCO : 87, Sector 40C, Chandigarh-160015
3.Public Information Officer
O/o Director Health & Family Welfare (Pb.),
Sector 34-A, Plot No. 5,
Parivar Kalyan Bhawan,
Chandigarh-160023
………………………………..Respondent

CC No. 3171 of 2010

Present:
(i) None is present on behalf of the Complainant
(ii) Sh. Sarbjit Kumar, Clerk on behalf of the Respondent
ORDER
Heard

2. During the hearing dated 06.01.11, Respondent had brought the sought for information to personally deliver it to the Complainant. Complainant was absent and the Respondent was directed to send the information through registered post. In today’s hearing, Respondent states that the sought for information has been sent to the Complainant through registered post. Today, Complainant is again absent. It is presumed that he is satisfied with the information provided.

3. In view of the above, no further cause of action is left and the complaint is closed and disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
Dated: 21st January 2011 State Information Commissioner

Dharam Raj Garg versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH

Dr. Dharam Raj Garg,
H.No. 508, B-II, Andiana Gate,
Faridkot (Punjab)

…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

1.Public Information Officer
O/o Principal,
Guru Gobind Singh Medical College,
Faridkot (Punjab)
2. Public Information Officer
Director Research and Medical Education, Punjab,
SCO : 87, Sector 40C, Chandigarh-160015
3.Public Information Officer
O/o Director Health & Family Welfare (Pb.),
Sector 34-A, Plot No. 5,
Parivar Kalyan Bhawan,
Chandigarh-160023

………………………………..Respondent

CC No. 3171 of 2010
Present: (i) None is present on behalf of the Complainant
(ii) Sh. Didar Singh, Suptd. Grade-I, O/o DRMe and Smt. Gurnam Kaur, Sr. Assistant o/o DHS, Punjab on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard

2. As directed, Respondent, O/o DRME, Punjab filed an affidavit that record relating to ACR from 1985-86 to 1992-93 are not traceable in their office. Respondent further states that Non Traceable Certificate has been issued. Respondent has brought the same to personally deliver it to the Complainant today in the Commission. Complainant is absent as he has sought exemption for personal appearance. Respondent is advised to send the information to the Complainant by registered post.

3. Adjourned to 21.01.11 (11.00 AM) for confirmation and compliance. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
Dated: 6th January 2011 State Information Commissioner

Dharam Raj Garg versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH

Dr. Dharam Raj Garg,
H.No. 508, B-II, Andiana Gate,
Faridkot (Punjab)
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

1.Public Information Officer
O/o Principal,
Guru Gobind Singh Medical College,
Faridkot (Punjab)
2. Public Information Officer
Director Medical, Education & Research, Punjab,
SCO : 87, Sector 40C, Chandigarh-160015

………………………………..Respondent

CC No. 3171 of 2010

Present:
(i) Sh. Dharam Raj Garg, the Complainant
(ii) Dr. B.B. Mahajan, Professor on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard

2. Complainant sought information from PIO, O/o Director Medical, Education & Research, Punjab (DRME) vide his application dated 05.07.2010. This application was forwarded by the office of DRME, Punjab vide their letter dated 26.07.2010 to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot with the request that the information demanded by the Complainant be provided to him by the College. PIO, O/o Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot vide his letter dated 20.08.2010 informed the Complainant and DRME office that the ACRs of Dr.Dharam Raj Garg (Retd. Medical officer) from 1986-87 to 1992-93 were already sent to the DRME office.

3. Since, the information is to be provided by the PIO, O/o Director Medical, Education & Research, Punjab. I, therefore, order that PIO, O/o Director Medical, Education & Research, Punjab may be impleaded as Respondent No.2. I further direct that PIO, O/o Director Medical, Education & Research, Punjab should supply the information to the Complainant before the next date of hearing.

4. Adjourned to 09.12.10 (at 10.30 AM) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to the parties

Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
Dated: 16th November, 2010 State Information Commissioner

GURTEJ SINGH GILL Vs STATE OF PUNJAB AND OTHERS



Sh KK Goyal Advocate versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. K.K. Goyal, Advocate,
P & H High Court,
Ch. No. 3, Courts Complex,
Tohana, Distt. Fatehabad.
…..Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Guru Gobind Singh,
Medical College, Faridkot.

….Respondent

A.C. NO. 336 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
None on behalf of the Complainant.
Sh. Purshotam Lal, APIO/Accountant on behalf of the Respondent.

Information as directed in the order dated 18.02.2009 has been provided to the complainant by registered post vide letter dated 06.03.2009. No deficiencies have been pointed out by the complainant and he is not present today. Therefore, it seems he is satisfied. The case is hereby closed and disposed of.

Sd/-
(Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner.
Chandigarh
Dated 08.04.2009

Sh KK Goyal versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. K.K.Goyal,
Advocate
P&H High Court,
Ch.No.3 Courts Complex,
Tohana Distt. Fatehabad (Haryana).
…..Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Guru Gobind Singh
Medical Colleges Faridkot.
….Respondent

A.C. NO. 336 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
None on behalf of the Appellant.
Sh. Purshotam Lal/APIO and Sh. Nasib Singh, Steno on behalf of the Respondent.

In the written arguments appellant has submitted that “the version of respondents is wrong & denied that any identical case has been disposed of as stated. The request dt. 25.07.07 was different in AC 441 of 2007”. He alleges that false information has been provided to him by the PIO but it is not really clear as to what discrepancies have been pointed out in the information so far provided to him. The respondent is directed to send the complete information by registered post again and if by the next date of hearing no objections are pointed out by the appellant then the case will be disposed of.

The next date of hearing will be in Chamber on 8.04.2009 at 12:00 Noon for confirmation of compliance.

Sd/-
(Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner.
Chandigarh
Dated 18.02.2009

Sh KK Goyal versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. K.K.Goyal
Advocate
P&H High Court
Ch.No.3, Courts Complex,
Tohana Distt. Fatehabad.

…..Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Guru Gobind Singh
Medical College Faridkot.
….Respondent

A.C. NO. 336 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
None on behalf of the Appellant.
Sh. A.S.Thind, Professor/PIO in person.

The respondent submits that an identical case i.e. AC-441 of 2007 has been disposed of in the Court of Hon’ble State Information Commissioner Sh. P.K.Verma on 7th February, 2008. Therefore, he is directed to supply the original demand for information and decision of the above case so that the case can be decided accordingly.
To come up confirmation of compliance on 03.12.2008 at 12.00 noon in Chamber.



(Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner.
Chandigarh
Dated 10.11.2008

BASANT SINGH AND ANOTHER Vs GURU GOBIND SINGH MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL AND Civil Revision 6233 of 2007 (O and M)

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, at Chandigarh.


Date of Decision: 3.11.2008

Basant Singh and Another …Petitioners
Versus
Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital and Others
... Respondents

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE KANWALJIT SINGH AHLUWALIA.

Present:
Mr. G.S. Brar, Advocate for the petitioners.
Mr.Vivek Aggarwal, Advocate for respondent No.1.

Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, J. (Oral)
Civil Misc. No. 21344-CII of 2008
Mr. Brar states that the litigation pending between the parties has been withdrawn, therefore, there is no purpose in continuing with
the present revision petition.

Mr. Vivek Aggarwal, Advocate, who has caused appearance on behalf of respondent No.1, states he has no objection in case the
present revision petition is allowed to be withdrawn.

Civil Revision No. 6233 of 2007
In view of the application filed, Civil Revision No. 6233 of 2007 is taken on the board today.

As prayed, the present revision petition is dismissed as withdrawn in view of the Civil Misc. No. 21344-CII of 2008 filed by the
petitioners, which stands allowed.

(Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia)
Judge

Shortage of staff, equipment, poor infrastructure

The decision of the Punjab government to transfer the control of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, to Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences has failed to deliver the desired results. The medical college was brought under the control of Baba Farid university in November 2006. A report from the Medical Council of India (MCI) issued on February 12 signed by Davinder Kumar, deputy secretary, MCI, highlighted serious lapses in the running of the hospital. The report carries observation of an MCI team that inspected the college on November 30.

Covering letter of the report stated: "You are requested to send the observation of the university on the remarks made by the council inspectors and their inspection report in three months for further consideration in the matter".

While its subject stated continuance of recognition of MBBS degree granted by the Baba Farid university in respect of students being trained at the medical college.

The Tribune had highlighted discrepancies in the college in the July 30 issue.

Dr Ravinder Singh, vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, said he was not aware of any communication from the MCI received by his office and added that an exchange of correspondence between the two was normal.

According to him, shortage of teachers in medical institutes was a national phenomenon and the Central government had also acknowledged it. Hence, the age for the retirement of teachers in dental colleges had been raised to 70 years subject to annual certification of physical and mental fitness.

The vice-chancellor said the MCI had forwarded its recommendation for approval to the government for the same in branches of medical institutes. He said availability of gadgets depended upon funds.

The report maintained that essential equipment was not available in casualty ward; even a CT scan was not available. All six operating theatres are without air-conditioners, and other relevant equipment was inadequate, it said and added that post-operation ward too was missing.

Besides, it pointed out the unavailability of trained technicians for auto-claving while ICCU and ICU did not exist. A special room for patients has been turned into an OPD, while the original OPD building was being used by the university for administrative block.

Meanwhile, the college administrative block and classrooms were being run from sheds. An array of inadequate infrastructure does not end here and it stated that neither audio-visual nor auditorium were available in the lecture theatre.

As per MCI norms, there must be 478-bed hospital attached to the college.It has 418-bed hospital. Staff shortage was pegged at 52 per cent and the bed occupancy was said to be 37 per cent.



Sunil Kumar Bhatia Advocate versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Sunil Kumar Bhatia, Advocate,
Punjab & Haryana High Court Campus Office,
Chamber No. 13, Courts Complex, Tohana,
Distt. Fatehabad, Haryana.
______ Appellant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Guru Gobind Singh Medical College,
Faridkot.
________ Respondent
AC No.441 of 2007

Present:
i) Shri R.K.Goyal , Advocate, on behalf of the complainant .
ii) Dr. A.S.Thind, Additional Professor( Forensic Science) 'cum-PIO

ORDER
Heard.
The application for information in this case cannot be described as a proper application under the RTI Act, since it does not seek information as defined in the Act. The complainant is not satisfied with the fixation of his pension and has tried to interrogate the respondent and to point out various discrepancies in the fixation of his pension and has sought to bring to the notice of the respondent the correct law on the subject. An application for information under the RTI Act can ask for copies of documents and notings etc. concerning a case, but cannot seek to coerce a public authority to admit that it has not dealt with the case correctly. The proper course of action for any person who is aggrieved with the manner in which a case has been dealt is to make a representation to the concerned authority, or to take legal recourse. Nevertheless, I direct the respondent to send to the complainant a photostat copy of the reference, along with its enclosures, which was sent to the Accountant General, Punjab, for the fixation of his pension. Thereafter, if the complainant notices any deficiency in the facts stated in the reference sent to the Accountant General, Punjab, he may make a fresh application under the RTI Act, seeking information on that particular point, or, if he is not satisfied with the pension fixed by the A.G.Punjab, although the facts and figures in the reference sent to him are correct, he may make an application to the Central Information Commission, since the Accountant General, Punjab, is a public authority under the Central Government.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 7th February, 2008

Shri Nachhattar Singh Mahla versus Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Faridkot

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB
S.C.O. No. 84-85, SECTOR :17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Nachhattar Singh Mahla,
All India Tapriwas & Vimukt Jaties Federation,
Punjab Unit, Nehru Stadium,
5/D Officer Club, Faridkot Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal ,
Guru Gobind Singh Medical College,
Faridkot. Respondent

CC No.277/2007

ORDER

Present:
None is present on behalf of the Complainant.
Shri Darshan Singh, Senior Assistant O/o Principal, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot on behalf of the Respondent.

The Complainant has informed in writing to the Commission vide communication dated 8.3.2007 that he has received the requisite information and is fully satisfied.

2. Accordingly, case is disposed of .

3. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.
Sd/-
Er. Surinder Singh
State Information Commissioner


Sd/-
Place: Chandigarh. Lt. Gen. P.K. Grover
Dated: 24.5.2007 State Information Commissioner

Govt rejects varsitys proposal to hand over medical college

The Punjab Government has rejected the proposal of the Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) to hand over the reins of local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital and transfer its employees to the university.

According to the report, in a letter written to the Vice-Chancellor recently, the government has requested him to frame properly all rules and regulations of the varsity before making the demand. It said under the prevailing circumstances the university was even unable to seek the option of the permanent employees of the college either to work on deputation or their regular absorption in it.

The government has also directed the Director, Research and Medical Education, to ensure that the interests of the employees be protected by all means. It is pertinent to mention here that following the proposal of the Vice-Chancellor, more than 300 class III and IV employees of the college and hospital launched a stir during the months of November and December last year expressing their unwillingness to work in the university without assurances from the state regarding their service security and other benefits.

Taking into account the cognisance of the matter, the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Medical Research and Education, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, had held a meeting with the agitators in Chandigarh last month and assured them to look into all aspects before transferring the college and hospital to the university.



Providing food to needy patients

Following the Sikh traditions, Baba Ajit Singh, a kar sewak, has started a community kitchen for needy patients at the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital.

All patients and their attendants are being provided with food free of cost. While the patients get breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the specifications of nutrition expert in their wards, attendants are provided with food in the dinning hall.

A five-member committee headed by Mr Alok Shekhar, Deputy Commissioner, and comprising Dr P.S. Sandhu and Dr Arun Puri, both of the college, Mr Pawanpreet Singh, general secretary, district unit of the CPI, and Baba Maghar Singh, a follower of Baba Ajit Singh, has been constituted to monitor the plan.

Talking to The Tribune at the hospital complex here today, Baba Maghar Singh said nearly 300 patients accompanied by their attendants were being served food and other requisite items daily.

Around Rs 1 lakh was being spent every month to meet the requirement and another Rs 50,000 was being utilised to renovate the kitchen and get other necessary items. All funds for the programme come from donations.


Improvement Trust plan to develop Faridkot

On the directions of the Punjab Government, the local Improvement Trust has formulated a comprehensive plan to develop this historic town, named after Sufi Saint Baba Sheikh Farid, during the new year. Under the plan, three more colonies equipped with modern facilities and civic amenities will be set up along the Faridkot-Sadiq, Faridkot-Talwandi and Faridkot-Kotkapura roads.

Two shopping centres will be constructed along the district courts road. For the purpose, 26 acres have been acquired along the Faridkot-Sadiq road near Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital.

A total of 183 plots will be carved-out and given at reasonable prices after receiving applications from the needy. This was stated by Mr S.K. Gupta, chairman of the trust, while addressing a press conference at the institution’s office here today. Application forms will shortly be available at the office. Twentyfive per cent payment from each holder will be taken in the beginning and the remaining in equal five half-yearly instalments.

Separate expert committees will be formed to examine the quality of work and make payments afterwards, the trust chairman said Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, will lay the foundation stone for the project by the end of this month. Immediately after the completion of this project, work on four other projects will be taken up.

Mr Gupta said five highmice lights at a cost of Rs 5 lakh would be installed on the court road, Morigate, Jubilee Cinema Chowk, Sadiq road and near the medical college. This project will take shape next week. Plans are being made to instal a memorial to former President Giani Zail Singh in the heart of the town.



Medical College in godowns University in Guest House

Here is a medical university, named after Sufi poet Baba Farid, operating from a guest house even five years after it was set up.
It was a political decision to locate Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences at Faridkot. To bolster the vote-bank of his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, the then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, gifted his son’s constituency a medical university, but forgot to earmark funds for its development.
It is yet to acquire some semblance of a university. The big chunk of land, 156 acres to be precise, acquired at an inflated rate, is now used for holding a cattle fair and is without even a boundary wall.
Here is a government medical college, named after Guru Gobind Singh, operating from structures which look more like FCI or Markfed godowns, or sheds as some call these, with a false ceiling reducing the size to a convenient level.
Started as a private institution in 1973 by the Guru Gobind Singh Educational Trust and taken over by the Punjab Government five years later, the college is still without its own building. There are no funds. The decision to take over the ailing medical college in 1978 was also political. Giani Zail Singh was behind it.
The local government hospital, also named after the 10th Sikh Guru, has a decent building, but that is about all. It collects user-charges from patients, provides consultancy, but limited medicines for which it depends heavily on the local Red Cross Society. Lack of grants has held up the project to shift the medical college in the hospital complex.
There is a private hospital, named after former Faridkot ruler Balbir Singh, also called ‘Raaje da hasptaal’, that provides free or subsidised medicare. Being close to the bus stand, it is convenient to get cheaper treatment here. It has a research centre also. The locational disadvantage and user-charges have deprived the medical college the requisite number of patients for training doctors.
Faridkot is a land of surprises. Baba Farid performed a miracle here and a 13th century ruler named the town after him. Former and modern maharajas developed it, but only haphazardly. The small town now chokes with increasing population and vehicular pressure.
Politicians planted big government institutions here, but failed to give the town decent modern amenities that make life livable. As a result, the ambitious ones and those who can afford tend to run away from the town.
Lacking in purchasing power, residents of the area buy small. Therefore, the scope for big business and industry is limited. Small jobs are almost non-existent, big ones, specially in the medical profession, have no takers.
Those who can afford go to Ludhiana for treatment. Cancer patients find solace in Bikaner. Punjab employees, pensioners and the poor go to local government and charity hospitals. The town’s rich and famous frequent Chandigarh, Shimla and Delhi for a break from the routine.
To retain talent in Faridkot, it was decided to reserve two MBBS seats in the local medical college for wards of doctors completing five years here, but courts did not approve of such incentives. Talent outflow has resumed. The first VC of Baba Farid University left after about a year.
Now the university is run, as some observed, by ‘retired and ad hoc staff’. A Punjab minister recently announced that the medical university would be shifted to Jalandhar, but concerned residents managed to get Capt Amarinder Singh invited to the annual Baba Farid mela where the Chief Minister denied any move to shift the university from Faridkot.
Society in general, and the bureaucracy-controlled government in particular, do not accord doctors the respect they deserve. The Faridkot Deputy Commissioner, usually a raw IAS officer, has a sprawling residence. The DIG, the SSP and the ADC have excellent accommodation matching their status.
But leave alone a suitable official residence, the Principal of the medical college, Dr J.S. Dalal, does not even have an official car. He moves round in a Maruti van. His official residence has been occupied by the Vice-Chancellor of the university. The VC, Dr J.S. Gujral, does have a residence and also a Baleno car and a security guard, but is without a university — a proper university.
Those at the helm live on hope, others find themselves trapped in a hopeless situation. Dr Gujral is quite hopeful that ‘funds will soon be released for the university. We need Rs 5 to 6 crore to start with. The total project cost is around Rs 70 crore’. The Principal rules out any staff or fund shortage. ‘Everything here is fine,’ he claimed. Dr H.L Kajal, who holds additional charge as Medical Superintendent, admits there is a shortage of nurses.
Junior doctors, however, find the system taxing. ‘No matter what you people write, things are not going to change,’ one doctor told this reporter. He showed me the condition of patients’ beds and unrepaired furniture and equipment, and said:’Do you know there is not even clean drinking water in this hospital. Doctors bring their own water bottles from home’. Those on night duty bring their own bedsheet and pillows. Hospital beds, stretchers and furniture are no match to what private clinics and nursing homes offer.
Nobody seemed to know exactly how many employees the university has. The VC guessed the number was ‘about 100’; his aide corrected him and said it was ‘70 to 80’. The Registrar, Dr A.S. Sekhon, said: ‘60’. Doctors outside the university ask: how many can a guest house accommodate’. When asked how many employees were regular, the Registrar said: ‘Half of them’.
Despite the limited staff and limited space, Baba Farid University claims to be number one in the country in efficiently conducting examinations, specially the PMT. ‘All results are in time and online. If the PMT ends at 5 pm, the result is available the same evening at our website’, boasts Dr Sekhon, who took over as Registrar in June this year after retiring as Medical Superintendent of Rajendra Hospital, Patiala.
With all medical, dental and ayurvedic colleges in the state affiliated, the university tests some 7,000 PMT candidates and 5,000 others. A university team went to Jammu and Kashmir recently to hold a test for nurses of that state. And there were no complaints. The university has developed an in-house software for student registration, says Dr Sekhon.
That means all that this university does is hold examinations. No, the VC corrected, the university also runs a college of nursing. What about teaching and research ‘The university proposes to take over Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital’. A doctor at the hospital reacts to this: ‘They don’t have money to level their own land, let alone meet the financial demands of this hospital’.
The 500-bed hospital complex, attached to the medical college and spread over 75 acres costing more than Rs 100 crore, is poorly maintained. That is because three different government departments are given the responsibility— the PWD, the electricity department and the department of public health. No one seems to be in control.
‘Things were even worse before the present Principal took over’, said an insider. ‘Dr Dalal has at least got the wild bushes removed from the campus and undertaken an operation cleanup with the help of the district authorities, the Red Cross Society and certain NGOs.’

On the condition of anonymity, doctors of the hospital point out: There is no supply of medicines. Whatever limited quantity is made available by the district Red Cross Society, it is passed on to patients. ‘If an electric plug goes out of order, it will take weeks, if not months, to replace it. If you ask me for a tablet, I don’t have a tumbler to offer you water. There are not even printed slips to write prescription,’ remarked a doctor, more in anguish than in anger.

Badal has narrow escape

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, had a narrow escape today when his pilot Gypsy met with an accident near Bajakhana, village in the district injuring three commandos.

The injured — Mr Kiran Singh and Mr Bikram Singh, both from National Security Guards, and Mr Sodhi Singh, Punjab Police, were admitted to the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital.

Mr Badal, after visiting the injured at the hospital, left for Beguwal village in Kapurthala district to attend the 53rd death anniversary of Sant Prem Singh, Head Priest of the Lubana community.

Talking to this reporter, Mr Sodhi Singh said the cavalcade of Mr Badal was coming from Badal village.

When it reached near Chandbaja village one of the front tyres of the pilot Gypsy burst and the vehicle overturned.

The car carrying Mr Badal was immediately stopped by the alert driver.



Set up mental health care centres: experts

A two-day XIIth state-level annual conference on psychological disorders organised by the Punjab and Chandigarh Psychiatric Society (Puncips) which concluded here today laid stress on setting up mental health care centres at each district headquarters in the state. It also emphasised on organising camps on regular basis at the grassroots level to make people aware about the arrival of new drugs and modern surgical equipment in the market which could help in drug addiction, schizophrenia, epilepsy and other neurological problems.

Dr Ajit Awasthi, Additional Professor, PGI, Chandigarh, reviewed various Indian studies from the mid fifties to 2000 regarding the causes, clinical features and management on the schizophrenia.

He pointed out that a majority of the Indians suffering from the disease in India recovered because of the joint family system as compaired to poor outcome in western countries. Dr B.S. Chavan, Government Medical College, Chandigarh, underlined the need for the proper use of community resources which could prove more useful in solving these problems. He also emphasised on providing services at the doorsteps of patients besides opening day care centres in this connection. Steps should also be taken to check the increase in population and unemployment. Dr Harbhag Singh, another expert from Government Medical College, Patiala, suggested for giving hi-fat diet to children to check epilepsy.

In his presidential address Dr Paramjit Singh, Assistant Professor and Head, Psychiatry Department, Government Medical College, Amritsar and president Puncips, expressed concern over the lack of the facilities for imparting better training for health professionals in the country. He said primary health care professionals in the country were neither aware of the new developments nor had access and means to provide modern treatment to their patients.

Welcoming the participants Dr Jaswant Singh, organising secretary, Puncips, said the World Health Organisation, had declared 2001 as year of mental health and had given two slogans in this connection which included stop exclusion and dare to care. In his inaugural address while appreciating the society for holding such a conference, Dr J.S. Gujral, Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid University, of Health Sciences, Faridkot, said to keep ourselves abreast of these ever expanding developments in the field of health sciences it is essential to have regular interaction with experts and constant exposure to new methods and techniques.

Such type of conferences will prove to be of great help in upgrading knowledge of specialists in the field of psychiatry and equip them with the latest researches and technologies so that they can serve the society in a better way.

Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, chief guest of the function, Dr T. L. Parmar, Principal, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot and other experts also spoke on the occasion. More than 100 specialists from Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab participated in the conference.




Forensic experts conference held

The first conference of the north zone chapter of the Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine experts held at the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College here today called on social scientists to check the increase in the incidence of suicides to build the nation stronger. The conference also underlined the need for providing a pollution-free atmosphere in this connection. It also laid stress on giving proper weightage to forensic medical education on a par with other medical studies in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr T.D. Dogra, Head of the Texocology Department of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, emphasised on setting up an information centre and poison control centres to give better treatment to patients and reveal the truth about the cases.

Dr D.V. Sachdeva from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, said acute shortage of forensic experts had been causing great problems towards having communication with the masses. Dr Dalbir Kaur, Head of the Forensic Department, Government Medical College, Srinagar, appealed to the women to come forward in an effective way to control the social evils which are a curse on society.

Dr Dalbir Singh from the PGI, Chandigarh, urged different state governments to give better treatment, weightage and status to the forensic experts who play a key role in resolving various problems of the society. He said this section (forensic experts) had been neglected as compared to the other experts of medical education. Dr Jai Roop Singh, Head of the Genetics Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, supported opening DNA fingerprinting centres to sort out this problem smoothly. He disclosed that there were only three such centres at Amritsar, Calcutta and Hyderabad.

Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Minister for Medical Education and Research, Punjab, was the chief guest. Mr A.Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, presided.

While highlighting various achievements made by Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in the field of education, its Principal, Dr T.L. Parmar, appealed to the minister for providing more medical, educational and treatment facilities to the patients in the institution. Dr J.S. Dalal, president of the north zone chapter of the Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine, and Dr R.K. Goria and Dr Sat Pal Garg, president and general secretary of the Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Texocology, respectively, also delivered lectures.





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