Govt to allow private profit making companies to set up medical colleges

Create: 06/15/2016 - 17:04

If the proposal goes through any corporate house as well as leading private hospitals and pharmaceutical companies will be able to open medical colleges.

Presently, apart from state and central governments, only trusts and registered societies can run medical colleges.

The Union Health Ministry has directed the Medical Council of India to clear the decks for allowing private profit-making companies, which are registered under the Companies Act, to set up medical colleges in the country.

MCI inspection to be monitored by SC appointed committee

Create: 06/10/2016 - 17:22

Following corruption allegations against the MCI committees which visit the colleges for recommendation of renewal of affiliation or cancellation of affiliation, the Supreme Court has constituted a three-member committee headed by retired Chief Justice R M Lodah to oversee the activities of MCI committees.

The two other members of the committee are Prof Shiv Sareen, Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

MCI has failed to maintain uniform standards of medical education, failed to produce a competent doctors: Parliamentary Committee

Create: 05/31/2016 - 15:19

There have been allegations that the MCI has been reduced to only a advisory body and seems to push and protect the interest of private sector. There are issues of corruption and mis-governance in MCI, which are taking toll of medical services in India.

Salient features of report

The Parliamentary Standing Committee has called for a complete restructuring of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the apex medical education regulatory body in the country on the ground that it has failed in its mandate as a regulator of medical education and profession.

Indian medical schools have neglected research: Lancet report

Create: 05/30/2016 - 18:46

It further added that Indian medical colleges are churning out doctors but barely any researchers.

As per the report, over 332 of 579 (57%) medical colleges didn't publish a single research paper between 2005 and 2014. It refers to a recent report of the parliamentary standing committee on health, which called for the scrapping of the Medical Council of India (MCI), mentioning that the Supreme Court has described the state of medical colleges as "rotten", and says research is seen as a "non-profitable activity" by Indian medical schools.

MCI gives three months time to Jharkhand colleges to fill vacant faculty positions

Create: 05/16/2016 - 17:19

The apex medical body directed the Raghubar Das government to work on war footing to fill up posts of senior residents and professors within September before the start of the 2016-17 academic session.

Principal secretary state health department K Vidyasagar represented Jharkhand government in the meeting which was held in MCI headquarter in New Delhi.

SC rules out separate test for private medical colleges this year

Create: 05/06/2016 - 17:23

On April 28, the apex court made National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) the sole criteria for getting admission to government and private medical colleges and said the May 1 AIPMT would be considered as first phase of NEET.

However, this created confusion as by that time several states had already conducted entrance tests.

SC forms committee to oversee functioning of MCI

Create: 05/03/2016 - 16:50

The other members of the committee are Vinod Rai (Former CAG of India) as well as Prof S.K Sareen (Director, ILBS) to oversee all the activities of MCI for the next year.

A five judge constitution bench of the apex court in a landmark judgement governing the medical education in the country directed the formation of a special committee ( Oversight Committee) to oversee the functioning of the Council, till the pending reforms related to its structure as well as its functioning are properly put in place.

Govt likely to split MCI for segregating powers

Create: 04/27/2016 - 15:42

Recently, a parliamentary standing committee came out with a damning report on MCI, stating its composition was “opaque” and “biased” against larger public health goals, the Union ministry of health is working with the Niti Aayog on its restructuring, at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On the agenda are “smaller and cohesive” bodies having a three-way division of power, with the government having the right to give binding directions.

SC sets aside its previous order on scrapping of NEET; to hear matter afresh

Create: 04/11/2016 - 17:41

The Apex Court setting aside its July 2013 order on scrapping of the NEET after it was challenged by the Medical Council of India (MCI), admitted the review petition and said it will hear the case again on the validity of the common entrance test.

The NEET was introduced by the Medical Council of India in 2012, but private medical colleges challenged it and obtained a Supreme Court ruling that it was not a must for them.


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