A total of 25 members have been finalised for the National Medical Commission which will set to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) in the coming days.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare finalised the names through a draw of lots from the nominations sent by the state governments, Union territories and state medical councils.
Entire process of selecting the members was done before media and was video-graphed as well.
“Today, 25 part-time members, including 10 vice-chancellors (VCs) from different states, nine representatives from the state medical councils (SMCs) and four members for the four autonomous boards, were selected,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
“We have nine months to select the members of the NMC and within a short span of two months, we have framed the rules, notified those and also carried out the process of selection of the part-time members. To ensure probity and integrity of the highest order, a compact body is being selected through a transparent mechanism and representation of the states and state councils in rotation. This will facilitate faster decision making also,” he added.
The minister further stated that inclusion of members from a diverse background for balanced policy prescriptions was also being ensured.
During the lottery, 10 VCs from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Punjab and Haryana were selected.
Following the same procedure, nine representatives from the SMCs of Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Manipur were selected.
Once the NMC comes into being, the MCI will automatically get dissolved and the nearly 63-year-old Indian Medical Council Act will stand abolished.
The government superseded the MCI in 2017 and appointed a Board of Governors (BoG) to perform its functions. The NMC Act, which seeks to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector, received the assent of the President on August 8 and was published in the official gazette the same day.