The National Medical Commission (NMC) will function as country’s apex regulatory body of medical education and profession from Friday, a day after Centre dissolved the Board of Governors—Medical Council of India (BoG-MCI) through a gazette notification.
With the NMC coming into being, the Board of Governors (BoG) which superseded the MCI on September 26, 2018, to perform its functions, has been dissolved and the nearly 64-year-old Indian Medical Council Act abolished.
Dr Suresh Chandra Sharma, former head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ENT department(Delhi), has been appointed as chairman for a period of three years with effect from Friday, while Rakesh Kumar Vats, who was Secretary General in the Board of Governors of the MCI, becomes the secretary of the commission.
The NMC Act, which seeks to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector, received the assent of the president on August 8, 2019 and was published the same day.
“In pursuance of the provisions of sub-section (1) of the section 60 of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019, the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 is hereby repealed with effect from the 25th day of September, 2020.
“The Board of Governors appointed under section 3A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 in supersession of the Medical Council of India constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Act shall stand dissolved,” one of the notifications read.
The NMC comprises a chairman, 10 ex-officio members and 22 part-time members.