President Pratibha Patil has given her assent to the Ordinance that seeks to extend the tenure of the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) by another year.

A gazette notification in this regard was issued on Wednesday. The tenure of the Board was to expire on May 14. The extension was earlier approved at a meeting of the Union Cabinet last month.

The Ordinance would have to be approved by Parliament in the monsoon session.

The six-member body had replaced the erstwhile MCI last year following the arrest of its president Ketan Desai on April 22 last by the CBI on charges of corruption.

The MCI, a statutory body tasked with overseeing the standards of medical education in India, grants recognition to degrees, gives accreditation to colleges, registers practitioners and monitors practice.

The government had amended the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, to insert an Article 3 (a) through an ordinance that authorised the government to intervene in matters of “national policy.”

The new gazette notification for the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2011 says that the Council will be reconstituted within two years from the date of supersession of the Council, instead of one year.

The term of the Board of Governors had been fixed for one year as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposed to set up the National Commission for Human Resource in Health as an overarching regulatory body within this time.