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'Make assessment reports of medical colleges public'

Transparency watchdog, the Central Information Commission, has directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) place assessment reports of medical colleges on the council's website.

delhi Updated: Dec 30, 2011 01:03 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Transparency watchdog, the Central Information Commission, has directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) place assessment reports of medical colleges on the council's website.

G Vishnu, a resident of C R Park, Delhi, had filed a complaint with the CIC saying that the council has failed to place suo motto information on its website under section 4 of the Right To Information (RTI) Act regarding inspection reports of the medical colleges.

Vishnu asked the commission to direct the MCI to place primary inspection reports of colleges, approval and rejection reports and annual or bi-annual inspections which are mandatory in public domain. He also wanted MCI reports on capitation fees and action taken for the same against colleges to be displayed on the website.

The MCI informed that the colleges are inspected after every five years and the assessment reports cover the issues related to quality and bed occupancy in the linked hospital.

Information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi after deliberations with MCI decided that providing the assessment report of the colleges would be enough for people to take a view on a medical college. He also said that information regarding whether a proposal from a medical college has been approved or rejected should also be placed in public domain.

"It was agreed that the public authority would display the assessment report and whether the application has been approved or rejected by 30 July of each year where applicable," Gandhi's order said.

The transparency law envisages that every government departments disclose information voluntarily to ensure "transparency" and "accountability" in institutions. "This will reduce the load of RTI applications being filed with each institution as information will be freely available to citizens," Gandhi said.