August 01, 2009

MCI reschedules timeframe to establish medical colleges

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to advance its schedule for receiving and processing applications for establishing new
medical colleges in the country from the coming academic year.

The MCI will now complete inspection and finalise its recommendation the central government for issue of Letter of Permission to start a new college by May 15 instead of June 15, as is the practice currently. On its part, the central government will grant its approval latest by June 15 every year instead of the existing July 15.

A decision to this effect was taken at the executive council meeting of the MCI in New Delhi last month after it was found that a number of inspections had to be carried out by the council at the eleventh hour, just ahead of the start of an academic session, since many new institutions had a tendency of "delaying the inspection process as much as possible."

"As a result of this delaying tactics more than 100 inspections have to be carried out between April 15 and June 10. This peak period also coincides with the summer vacation in medical colleges and we run short of experience staff who can be co-opted for the carrying out the inspections. Many colleges also don't grant leave to their senior staff during the period making it difficult to find experts. We are also forced to conduct inspections in a shorter time," a MCI official explained.

Some medical colleges, on the other hand, force faculty members to skip their vacation so that they can be present when the inspection team arrives for assessment. "Also since April to June is also a peak tourist seas, tickets are not readily available due to which sometimes we are forced to cancel or postpone inspections," he added.

In addition to these, the MCI has taken note of the Graduate Medical Education Regulations, which envisage that the first round of admission process in various states have to be completed by July 25.

"In the present schedule the last date prescribed for the central government to issue Letter of Permission/Renewal of Permission is July 15. Consequently, very little time is left for incorporation of those colleges which are granted LOP/Renewal of Permission by the central government by July 15 every year. This creates lot of difficulties for the meritorious students who want to secure admission under the government quota. If the stage of sending the recommendations by the MCI to the central government is advanced by a month to May 15 and subsequent grant of LOP to June 15, sufficient time will be available to various authorities to conduct the counseling for admission in a fair and transparent manner without disturbing the schedule of the admission process as prescribed in the Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997," a note placed before the MCI executive committee meeting read.

The executive committee approved these changes and also decided not to grant renewal of permission to colleges which fail to adhere to this amended schedule in the future.

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