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SC: MCI violated inspection guidelines during assessment of medical colleges

The Supreme Court-appointed Oversight Committee has said that Medical Council of India (MCI) has violated inspection guidelines while assessing the facilities in medical colleges.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2017 00:07 IST
HT Correspondent
The Supreme Court-appointed Oversight Committee has said that Medical Council of India (MCI) has violated inspection guidelines while assessing the facilities in medical colleges.
The Supreme Court-appointed Oversight Committee has said that Medical Council of India (MCI) has violated inspection guidelines while assessing the facilities in medical colleges.(HT File Photo)

The Supreme Court-appointed Oversight Committee has said that Medical Council of India (MCI) has violated inspection guidelines while assessing the facilities in medical colleges.

The OC’s response came a day after HT’s story on May 31, which reported, quoting MCI’s president Jayshree Mehta, that the OC legalised 26 colleges while ignoring its own inspectors’ report of severe shortage of doctors and facilities. P Seshkumar, secretary, OC, in an email response, says it approved 26 colleges when it realised that the inspection was not transparent.

Last year, the SC had set up a panel, called Oversight Committee (OC), to suggest measures to improve medical education and review decisions of MCI. Former chief justice RM Lodha led the three-member OC. Seshkumar cited several instances of violation of assessment guidelines by MCI. He says that OC gave a list of 497 assessors to MCI and directed to make a four-member assessment team with three members from OC list and one from MCI’s but in eight cases there were no assessors in the team from the OC-approved list.

Seshkumar says OC instructed MCI to restrict number of assessments to not more than three each in one year so as to ensure transparency and objectivity in MCI assessments.. “Despite above instructions, MCI has entrusted assessments ranging between 20 at the minimum to 68 at maximum to 37 assessors…,” says Seshkumar. The controversy started last year when 109 new colleges sought permission to admit students but the MCI approved only 17. The rest approached OC, which later allowed 34 to admit students on condition that they will have to pass a fresh inspection.