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Updated: June 8, 2010 00:44 IST

Azad writes to MCI board, wants it to be fair and transparent

Aarti Dhar
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Ghulam Nabi Azad
Ghulam Nabi Azad

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked the board of governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to be absolutely transparent, and fair and free in their decisions.

In a letter addressed to S.K. Sarin, the chairperson of the board, the Minister assured the MCI of all help from the Ministry and said that instructions had been issued to officials not to interfere in the functioning of the MCI.

Mr. Azad drew the attention of the board to touts, being used by the managements of some institutions to get clearance for the colleges by illegal means. He said these touts collect money from interested institutions in the name of the government, office-bearers and MCI members, thereby bringing a bad name to everyone.

“As such, I would like you to caution the members of the newly constituted board of governors that they have to be vigilant and keep their eyes open since their every step is being watched by the entire country with high expectations,” the letter said.

Recalling the circumstances under which the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010, was promulgated on May 15, the Minister said after due deliberations, the Central government appointed the board of governors to exercise the powers and perform the functions of the Council. The selection of members was done keeping in view eminence, integrity and their standing in the field of medicine.

“The above ordinance has given additional responsibility to the board of governors to grant permission for establishment of new medical colleges, opening the new or higher course of study and increase in admission capacity in any course of study referred to in Section 10 (A) in the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.”

The general council of the MCI was superseded on May 15, when the Centre promulgated the ordinance following the arrest of the MCI president Ketan Desai by the Central Bureau of Investigation on charges of corruption.


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Excellent to keep up world standards of Medical Education in India as well. The Inspectors must have integrity, demonstrated eminence by outstanding contributions for advancement of medical sciences.

from:  Kodali.Krishna Rao
Posted on: Jun 18, 2010 at 13:12 IST

What Mansoor Basha has pointed out is so true! But Mansoor what makes you think that Mr Azad is genuinely interested in transparency? I have seen Mr Azad at clsoe quarters during an election campaign - you should have seen the levels to which he can stoop. This letter is not what it looks like; believe me, the medicine (the minister) is worse than the illness!

from:  totally agree with mansoor basha
Posted on: Jun 8, 2010 at 23:13 IST

There are some other aspects of corruption. One instance is I have filed a case of Medical Negligency against a renowned surgeon of Calcutta. But still after five years no hearing has taken place. Even I have forwarded the case to MCI last year. still nothing has happened though I have enough evidence to prove him guilty.

from:  Mrinmoy Dutt
Posted on: Jun 8, 2010 at 21:16 IST

In answer to rti querry MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA accepts that it conferms faculty position in a(private) medical college at the time of inspection only and not concerned what happens afterwords (as per whole faculty may leaves the college NEXT DAY.. months of inspetion are almost fixed and colleges get hint of with their nexus(AS HAPPENING FOR LAST 4 YEARS IN MUZAFFARNAGAR MEDICAL COLLEGE U.P.)WHY THIS LEGAL LECUNA LEFT BY LAW MAKERS??.. HOW GOVT. WILL PLUG OFF THESE LOOP-HOLES??..IS GOVT.SLEEPING??....WHO'S RESPONSIBLE??WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC WHO WILL BE TREATED AND KILLED BY DOCTORS PASSED FROM SUCH COLLEGES (LEFT VERY LESS NUMBER OF FACULTY DOCTORS AFTER M.C.I. INSPECTION)???... ANY INVESTIGATION OR URGENT ACTIONS??.......THE PRIME MINISTER AND C.B.I. INFORMED

from:  v.k.verma
Posted on: Jun 8, 2010 at 16:43 IST

i have gone through the letter written by the honorable minister with respect to the maintenance of high standered of integirity in discharging of duties in the mci. however, the entire process of admission to the medical colleges is nothing but a fraud by the management because in karnataka camparing to the cet test the kamade -k procedure is full of loopholes and ample of scope for fraud which cab be easily tracable because all students who have not done well in the C E T exam have given lower ranks in the kamad- k exam because of corrupt admission practice,. Hence the procedure of admission to the medical college should be on the line of cat or cet examination which more transperent and good for the nation . hope our minister will do somthing positive in the admission procedure of medical education

Posted on: Jun 8, 2010 at 09:52 IST

Can we expect the same fairness and transparency from Mr. Azad and the people directly working under him? I think Dr. Desai is just the tip of the iceberg. I hope that there is a end to corruption in India, which is hindering the growth of the country.

from:  kma
Posted on: Jun 8, 2010 at 09:12 IST
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