GUWAHATI, April 24 - In a significant development for the Oncology education sector, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has given permission to Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) here to start superspecialty DM in Medical Oncology course from the academic session 2017-18.
It is noteworthy that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has already given permission to start MD in Radiation Oncology and MCh in Surgical Oncology at the BBCI.
With DM in Medical Oncology, BBCI now can boast of conducting Post-Graduate and super specialty courses in all disciplines of Oncology, including Radiotherapy, Surgical Oncology and Medical Oncology for the first time in the North Eastern region.
At present, DM in Medical Oncology is offered in 19 institutions across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Dr AC Kataki, Director of BBCI, stated that there is acute shortage of oncologists in India in general and the North East in particular.
He hoped that over a period of time, the manpower shortage in oncology can be overcome as many cancer centres are coming up in the North Eastern region.
BBCI will work for capacity development in oncology for which Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd has already started construction of �Capacity Development Centre in Oncology� at BBCI with grants-in-aid of Rs 3.98 crore.