Private medical schools in India may soon be able to set up campuses abroad like their engineering and management counterparts under new regulations the health ministry is planning.
The health ministry is proposing the regulations after several private medical institutions challenged the government and the Medical Council of India (MCI) legally, for rejecting proposed foreign campuses, top government sources have told HT.
The regulations are aimed at ensuring that there is no compromise in the quality of medical education offered by Indian institutions in campuses abroad, sources said.
The health ministry has written to HRD ministry to seek their feedback on allowing Indian institutions to set up campuses abroad.
Rules of the MCI currently bar the automatic recognition of any medical degree earned outside the territory of India — even if offered by an institution headquartered in India.
This means that degrees earned at the foreign campuses of Indian institutions are at par with foreign degrees. Students have to appear for and clear an MCI screening test before they can practice in India.
Institutions offering other streams of education — such as management or engineering — are however eligible to set up campuses abroad at present, based on rules and regulations they must follow.
Deemed universities too are eligible to set up campuses abroad — if they satisfy stringent new regulations introduced by the government in 2010.
“There is a sense it is impractical today to have a blanket policy of non-recognition of medical degrees earned at campuses of Indian institutions abroad,” a health ministry source said.