Eight new paramedical BSc courses have been introduced in KAP Viswanatham Government Medical College in Trichy. This is the first time BSc courses have been initiated in KAPV Government Medical College. College administration said the courses were started looking at the job prospects for efficient technicians in various hospitals across Tamil Nadu.
The eight new courses are BSc accident and emergency care technology, BSc cardiac technology, BSc operation theatre and anaesthesia technology, BSc radiology and imaging technology, BSc dialysis technology, BSc critical care technology, BSc physician assistant and BSc optometry.
Each course has been allotted a total of 20 seats. They are all four-year courses. For this academic year, 145 seats out of a total of 160 seats are filled and the classes began on Monday.
As per the academic year 2017-18, the college has a total of 10 paramedical certification/diploma courses.
Dean of KAPV Government Medical College Dr G Anitha said that the courses were initiated keeping in mind the increase in demand for specialised technicians across hospitals in the domains of trauma care, dialysis technology and others. “Healthcare isn’t just restricted to doctors. To strengthen the health sector, we also need qualified technicians and courses like these will aid for that” she told .
“As of now, the existing faculty for MBBS course would be handling classes for BSc paramedical courses as well,” an official said.
Meanwhile, a section of people from the college have expressed scepticism about the decision of joint handling of courses by MBBS faculty and said that the step might affect the students.
“Some of the courses have subjects like English, computer science etc., but there are no specialised faculty for these subjects,” a source said.