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Updated: May 15, 2010 08:17 IST

Azad calls on Manmohan on MCI ordinance

Aarti Dhar
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Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad

Mr. Azad, discussed with the Prime Minister the names of those who are likely to be nominated to the Board of Governors to manage its functions

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to finalise the finer points of the ordinance that seeks to keep the Medical Council of India in “abeyance” and establish a seven-member Board of Governors to manage its functions.

Mr. Azad, who called on the Prime Minister in the evening before leaving for Geneva to attend the World Health Assembly, also discussed the names of those who are likely to be nominated to the Board.

The ordinance, approved by the Cabinet on Thursday, will be sent to President Pratibha Patil within the next couple of days for promulgation. Thereafter, the new setup will come into force. However, the ordinance does not give the government any power to “dissolve” a body that is created by an Act of Parliament; this could be done only through another Act of Parliament.

The Board of Governors has been given a year's time to decide on the fate of the MCI that was created through the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The Council's functions are likely to be split, with medical education and licensing to be brought under two different regulatory bodies.

Union Health and Family Secretary Sujatha Rao told reporters here that the government would soon bring in law for the formation of an over-arching body to regulate medical education in the country. A draft law would be formulated in a month. “We have suggested an overarching body that will be responsible for maintaining standards and regulation of medical colleges.” The former MCI president, Ketan Desai, was arrested by the CBI on April 22 for allegedly taking Rs. 2 crore as bribe to grant permission to a medical college in Punjab. He has since put in his papers.

The government proposed an amendment to the MCI Act in 2005 to ensure some measure of government control over the body. But the proposal was turned down by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

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It would be good if the newly formed committe takes steps to regularize pay structure in all medical institutes.

from:  sumit
Posted on: Jun 1, 2010 at 14:57 IST

For kind attention:
Hon'ble Prime Minister Ji,
Remove medical , non-medical teacher discrepancy in teaching faculty.Specially in pre-clinical , where there is a shortage of teaching faculty in India. All other countries except India non-medical Ph.D getting first preference over M.D and M.S. Otherwise same staff will be shown in other colleges in India and abroad at the same time. Unscrupulous practices should be stopped.

from:  Dr. Sunetra Roy
Posted on: May 19, 2010 at 14:32 IST

Manmohanji please put it in safe hands, at the same time keep it autonomus also.

from:  dr pratik shah
Posted on: May 18, 2010 at 14:21 IST

Where from will you bring good people in India.Whether the bad and currpt people will allow them to work freely?

from:  Vijendra Sharma
Posted on: May 18, 2010 at 11:31 IST

It is indeed a BIG RELIEF that the corrupt MCI is on its way out!! We already have a National Board of Examinations(NBE), based at New Delhi which has set very high and uniform standards for Postgraduate medical education and awards DIPLOMATE OF NATIONAL BOARD (D.N.B.) degrees in India from 1980s. It would be worthwhile if NBE is empowered to take over from MCI! Moreover, Medical graduates with DNB qualifications are better recognised and accepted WORLDWIDE than others with MD/MS as the latter degress are awarded by all and sundry medical institutions which have no uniform standards.

from:  Amarnath D.Savur
Posted on: May 18, 2010 at 10:52 IST

We just hope and pray that new council or body will take decision in favour of medical education and in favour of Govt/ Municiple run medical colleges and NOT IN FAVOUR OF PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGES AS DONE BY KETAN DESAI.

Posted on: May 16, 2010 at 19:49 IST

Government should not have any power in medical education because what ketan desai has done today, tommorow ministers will do. Best thing is appoint good people in current MCI

from:  ferhan
Posted on: May 16, 2010 at 15:30 IST

The changes in the MCI system by the Union Minister for Health is welcome. The Minister should consider giving MCI a major face-lift. Also, he should limit bureacracy's role and see that people like the Mr. Desai aren't encouraged.

from:  Chidambar Rao Bhukya M.Tech
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 10:32 IST
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