October 08, 2010

Medical council relaxes norms to set up colleges

The Medical Council of India (MCI) governing body has recommended relaxation of norms to set up medical colleges.

This includes changing the student to bed ratio in collegiate hospitals to 1:5 from 1:8 and increasing the retirement age of its teachers to 70 years from the existing 65 years.

"The retirement age has been increased to retain experienced and talented teachers and to overcome the faculty shortage that medical colleges across the country are facing," said MCI member Devi Shetty, chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya.

The decision came at a meeting of the MCI held in Delhi on Saturday.
Also, the MCI has reduced the land requirement to set up a medical college and hospital to 10 acres from the existing 25 acres.

It has been decided that the established medical colleges can now take up to 250 students as against 150 earlier.

According to the MCI, India faces a shortage of 7.5 lakh doctors and expects about 100 new medical colleges to come up every year across the country.

Shetty said if the government cleared these norms, then the country could produce 8,000 to 10,000 more doctors each year and have 50,000 more doctors by 2012.

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