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Norms followed strictly: MCI

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: The Medical Council of India (MCI) on Monday claimed that norms were followed strictly in granting recognition to the medical colleges that now face possible de-recognition in the wake of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry’s decision to strip 44 universities of the “deemed to be university” status for being run as family fiefdoms and not meeting requisite standards.

“We cannot even intervene in the matter since we have not received any communication about the possible de-recognition either by the Human Resource Development Ministry, the University Grants Commission or even the Supreme Court,” MCI president Ketan Desai told The-Hindu here on Monday.

Pointing out that the MCI had a limited role in recommending the deemed university status, Dr. Desai said individual medical colleges were approved after they complied with MCI norms. “But the Board that recommended the deemed university status has just one member from the MCI whose job is confined only to review of infrastructure and faculty at the medical colleges,” he said.

The medical institutions — nursing, dental and physiotherapy included — to be affected fall under Sumandeep Vidyapeeth (Vadodara), Sri Devraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research (Kolar), Yenepoya University (Mangalore), BLDE University (Bijapur in Karnataka), Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (Karad in Maharashtra), D.Y. Patil Medical College (Kolhapur in Maharashtra), Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research Institute (Chennai), Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (Padur, Kancheepuram), Swami Rama Vidyapeeth (Doiwala in Dehradun), Santosh University (Ghaziabad), Maharishi Markandeshwar University (Ambala), Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education (Tumkur in Karnataka), Tilak Maharishi Vidyapeeth (Pune), Janardhan Rai Rajasthan Vidyapeeth (Udaipur), Dr. M.G.R Educational and Research Institute (Chennai), Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (Chennai), Vel’s Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies Pallavaram, Chennai), Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya (Haridwar), Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Puducherry), Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation (Salem), Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (Chennai) and Ponnaiyah Ramarajyam Institute of Science and Technology (Thanjavur).

In its affidavit, the HRD Ministry said some of these institutions were good colleges and could retain the recognition. Some conducted courses which were not recognised and also the strength was not mentioned when they presented their case before the expert committee. In some cases, the medical colleges fulfilled norms but since the deemed university did not come up to the required standards, the colleges lost out.

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