Based on the recommendations of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the nation’s apex regulator of medical education, the Union Health Ministry has announced the some key decisions related to denial of expansion of medical seats in medical colleges and establishment of new colleges.
Though no specific reasons have been cited for these decisions, it seems they have been based upon the lack of adequate infrastructure, faculty and patients. In the past, doctors involved in the entire process of inspecting medical colleges have complained over the increasing trend of ‘ghost faculty’. Hence, these factors seem to have played a key role in undertaking such stringent decisions.
- Turned down proposals for setting up of around 83 medical colleges.
- Denied permissions to 47 medical colleges in various states to expand their intake of MBBS students during the 2016-17 batch.
- Denied permission to increase or start various superspeciality courses in 39 such medical institutions of the country for 2016-17.
- Approved the establishment of 11 medical colleges for 2016-17.
- The proposals for expansion of intake of students came from medical colleges from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, among other states.
- The colleges have been asked to apply for fresh permission to accept students for the batch starting in 2017-18.
- Instructed that the college or institution can give fresh applications for the next academic session strictly according to the provisions of the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act 1956.
- The MCI had earlier asked all medical colleges to furnish details of their faculty for the year 2016-17, asking each faculty member to declare qualifications, experience, details of appointment as faculty and the emoluments they have drawn from their colleges over the past year.