December 14, 2007

Medical apex body to be set up on the lines of UGC

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has come up with a proposal to set up a Medical Grants Commission (MGC) on the lines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to regulate all medical colleges in the country.

According to Ministry sources, there are about 262 medical colleges in the country at present and the number is growing constantly. "A need was felt for a Commission to support Government medical colleges in the country. The UGC has a mechanism for assisting the colleges but we do not have any such mechanism so far. We thus thought of an apex body on the lines of the UGC," said an official of the Ministry.

As per the plan, the MGC will regulate the growth of substandard medical and dental colleges, and will also help rationalize their fee structure. "The MGC will aim at putting an end to the malpractices associated with running private medical and dental colleges," added the official.

The official further added that for maintenance of a medical college, it needs huge funds which the state Government is unable to support.

In the recent times, there has been a significant rise in the numbers of private medical and dental colleges which are neither having appropriate infrastructure, nor providing quality teaching.

The guidelines for the setting up of MGC are being worked out. Though it will be primarily based on the UGC model, it will not be completely replicated.

The plan is at its initial stage and once finalized, it will be sent to the Parliament for its approval.

At present, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is the statutory body that evaluates the applications for new colleges and also regulates the functioning of colleges to some extent.

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