Bindu Shajan Perappadan

NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has strongly opposed the Centre's decision to dissolve the Medical Council of India (MCI).

“We strongly feel that the autonomy of the Council should be maintained and it should not be dissolved at any cost. It has been the resolve of the government to retain the autonomy of all institutions of higher learning and professional education.

“This step is contradictory to their past decision. We urge the Prime Minister not to dissolve the autonomy of the Council and rather take corrective measures in this regard,'' said member of the Association Vinay Aggarwal while addressing a press conference on Saturday.

An IMA release said:

“The Council is an expert body which is created through a parliamentary enactment titled Indian Medical Council Act –1956 which is autonomous in character, entrusted with the task of setting, maintaining and monitoring the standards of medical education in the country.

“The government should not think of dissolving the body because of the charges of corruption on one person. It seems to be a decision made in haste.''