Board of Governors proposes granting permission to medical colleges for lower sanctioned intake capacity

It has generally been the practice that colleges found deficient in fulfilling the norms (such as faculty, no. of beds) as per prescribed regulations on inspection are disqualified and not allowed to admit any students. This holds true for both new as well as existing colleges.

But, now Board of Governors has proposed an amendment to the Health Ministry that if the college is not able to fulfil the required number of seats then it may still be allowed if it fulfils the requirement for less number of seats.

The notice is reproduced as below:

“No. MCI-34(41)/2018-Med./ In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 33 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956), the Medical Council of India with the previous sanction of the Central Government, hereby makes the following Regulations to further amend “The Opening of a New or Higher Course of Study or Training (including Postgraduate Course of Study or Training) and Increase of Admission Capacity in any Course of Study or Training (including a Postgraduate Course of Study or Training) Regulations, 2000.”

1.(i) These Regulations may be called the “The Opening of a New or Higher Course of Study or Training (including Postgraduate Course of Study or Training) and Increase of Admission Capacity in any Course of Study or Training (including a Postgraduate Course of Study or Training) Regulations, 2000.” (Amendment), 2019”.

(ii) These amendments shall be applicable for the applications received for the academic year 2019-20 onwards with retrospective effect in public interest and interest of no person shall be adversely affected by such retrospective effect.

  1. In Part –II [Scheme for permission of the Central Government to increase the Admission capacity in any course of study or training (including post graduate course of study or training) in the existing Medical Colleges/Institutions] – Clause 7 under the heading of “Grant of Permission”, the following shall be added after first paragraph as under:

The Board of Governors in super-session of Medical Council of India/Central Government on the recommendation of Medical Council of India may consider grant of permission for increase of seats or renewal of permission for increase of seats in the existing medical college to the lower sanctioned intake capacity, in the event of failure to meet the requirements prescribed in the Minimum Standard Requirement Regulations for the intake capacity for which the Medical College has applied. Such permission shall be granted only on the furnishing of an undertaking by the applicant that the grant of permission with reduced intake is acceptable, and shall be subject to following:

(a) The Medical College shall be entitled for increase in intake capacity for the next academic year shall be for the intake capacity for which it has been granted initial letter of permission for increased intake.”

Comments have been invited on the abovementioned proposed amendment till 15th February.

We welcome this proposal as it will open doors for many aspiring doctors in the country.

India is facing a shortage of doctors. The doctor-population ratio in India is 1:1596 (National Health Profile 2018) as against 1:1000 as prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO), which needs to be addressed. This probably may be one way by which this shortage can be sorted out.

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