In a statement issued on Sunday evening, Kamal Nath claimed that the state government led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan keeps organizing such programs to divert attention from the real problems and deteriorating health services and to mislead the public.
He said, “Engineering in Hindi was started in 2016 at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University, Bhopal. Exaggerated claims were made about it too but why did that course have to be closed later? The government should also tell why the beginning of engineering studies in Hindi in this university had to be stopped midway.
Kamal Nath said, “Hindi is our mother tongue. Everyone respects this. There is no objection from anyone about studying in Hindi. We are not opposed either. The government is going to start medical education in Hindi, but it should also tell what is the condition of health facilities in Madhya Pradesh today, how much is the shortage of doctors, what steps has the government taken so far?
He questioned whether this program will improve the poor health services in Madhya Pradesh? Kamal Nath said that in a report of the Medical Council of India (MCI) itself, the truth has come to the fore that according to the population of Madhya Pradesh, there is a huge shortage of doctors. He said that the number of registered doctors is around 55,000 and in the re-verification of doctors done by MCI, this figure has come to close to half.
He claimed that according to the statistics, Madhya Pradesh has only one doctor for every 3,500 people, while according to the World Health Organization (WHO) standard, there should be one doctor for every 1,000 people. Kamal Nath said that in rural areas, many primary health centers are running on the basis of compounders and nurses and there is a huge shortage of specialist doctors.
He said that if compared with other states, the number of doctors in other states is much more than Madhya Pradesh and a large number of doctors are also migrating from here to other states. Kamal Nath said, “The reason for this is that there are many discrepancies in our service conditions, which doctors have been demanding for a long time to correct them, but the government is not paying attention.”
He said that the State Government, which is talking loudly about Hindi language today, should also tell why the announcements made in the 10th World Hindi Conference held in Bhopal in September-2015 are still incomplete. Meanwhile, sources in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya said that the engineering course started in Hindi in 2016 was put on hold due to lack of approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
He claimed that at that time negligible students had taken admission in Hindi medium engineering course and the students who had taken admission also later left here and went to study in English medium in other colleges.
However, a senior professor from the state technical university said that AICTE has now made major preparations to start engineering courses in 12-13 languages, including Hindi, from the academic session 2022-23. The professor said that the work on this initiative in Marathi medium is in advance stage.