In Sep’18, the Medical Council of India was dissolved and a new seven-man panel had been authorized to recognize medical colleges.
This happened after the disgraced Medical Council of India president resigned as the head of the autonomous body.
Responsibilities of MCI
The main functions of the Medical Council of India, set up under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, are to make sure of uniform standards in medical education and acknowledge recognition to medical degrees awarded in India and abroad.
Medical colleges across the country need MCI’s approval to increase the number of seats, to set up a new medical college, to add new courses as well as to increase student intake.
On April 22, the president of MCI was arrested for accepting the bribe to give permission to a Punjab medical College to recruit a fresh batch of candidates without having requisite infrastructure.
Why this decision?
The government had to make this decision after the Supreme Court appointed oversee committee that must monitor the MCI’s functioning.
Furthermore, it will be made compulsory for final year MBBS students to take an exit test, do away with periodic inspections of medical institutions & preapprovals to increase the MBBS seats or starting PG courses.
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