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|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 813-814
Bangur Institute of Neurosciences: One of the premier neurology/neurosurgery teaching institutes of the country
Atanu Biswas, Shyamal Kumar Das
Department of Neurology, Bangur Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Date of Web Publication||6-Oct-2015|
Department of Neurology, Bangur Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, West Bengal
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Biswas A, Das SK. Bangur Institute of Neurosciences: One of the premier neurology/neurosurgery teaching institutes of the country. Neurol India 2015;63:813-4
We read the article entitled “Publication performance and research output of Neurology and Neurosurgery training institutes in India: A 5-year analysis”by Madhugiri with great interest and we congratulate the author for his commendable job. We acknowledge his sincere efforts in searching for publications of various Institutes which offer neurology and neurosurgery training in this country. However, to our surprise, we found no mention of our institute, Bangur Institute of Neurology, which is now known as Bangur Institute of Neurosciences (BIN) and is a well-known institute in this country. The institute has been offering postdoctoral training for D.M. in Neurology and M.Ch in Neurosurgery since 1977. It was initially offering degrees from Calcutta University, but for the last 10 years, has been offering degrees from the West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS). The Institute started with an annual intake of 3 students per year in each course. At present, this has been increased to an yearly intake of 7 students in D.M. Neurology and 8 students in M.Ch Neurosurgery course of which 4 are recognized and 4 are permitted by the Medical Council of India [MCI] (Source: http://www.mciindia.org/InformationDesk/CollegesCoursesSearch.aspx). Students are recruited through an all India open entrance examination conducted by the WBUHS. For its academic activities, the institute is affiliated to the Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER), one of the premier medical institutes of the country. This might have been the reason the author did not find the name of BIN in the website of MCI. We do not know the exact reason for omitting the name of our institute although it has significantly contributed in nation building by producing high-quality neurologists and neurosurgeons for more than 35 years. It has created an name for itself, both nationally and internationally, not only through presentations by faculty members and students in various academic forums and conferences, but also through high-quality research papers in journals and through the numerous monographs and books published from various departments. Many of the research articles are pioneering ones in the field of neurosciences that have brought recognition to the institute not only from India but from the whole of South East Asia. The contribution is hard to ignore, and omission of the name of the institute has made the paper incomplete. We have followed the same methodology as has been done by the author and found that during the 5-year period starting from 2010 through 2014, there are a total of 42 publications by the faculty members of the Institute. If only the publications of Neurology and Neurosurgery Departments are considered, a total of 29 publications, including 20 original articles, 5 case reports, 3 review articles, and 1 letter to the editor were published in the same period. This makes an average of 5.8 publications per year. The original articles constitute 68.9% of the total publications during that period. Publications of Neurology department in the same period were 27 with an annual figure of 5.4 per year and the original papers constituted 70.3% (19/27) of the total publications. These publications (a total of 27 articles) of Neurology Department alone received 48 citations until 2014 with an average of 1.77 citations per paper.
We would also like to state that BIN is a state government institute and its faculty members get transferred in and out of the institute. Thus, the stability of jobs of the faculty members continuously in one department is not guaranteed. Apart from this, limitation of resources is another factor that makes the comparison with national institutes difficult. The faculty members here are allowed to practice as compared to the nonpracticing posts of national institutes. Despite all these limitations, BIN is continuing to pursue various research activities and producing quality papers. Hope you will take note of these facts and give a suitable place to BIN in the national arena.
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Madhugiri VS. Publication performance and research output of Neurology and Neurosurgery training institutes in India: A 5-year analysis. Neurol India 2015;63:338-46.