The Bombay High Court on Friday expressed displeasure over the state government’s apathy towards getting its post graduate medical courses recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
“How could this happen?" said the division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice SJ Kathawala while hearing a petition filed by 48-year-old doctor, who has been asked by the MCI to stop practice as MS (opthalmology) - about 21 years after she obtained the post graduate degree from Government Medical College, Miraj.
The petitioner doctor, Shubhangi Nigvekar has sought compensation of Rs 60 lakh from the state for the failure on its part to get her post graduate medical degree recognised.
Dr Nigvekar, who had been constrained to work on consolidated salary because of non-recognition of her post graduate degree, was conferred MS (opthalmology) degree by Kolhapur University in 1989.
Despite repeated attempts MCI has refused to grant her registration as a post graduate medical profession stating her course has not been recognised for want of proper application from the state government.
Her counsel VM Thorat on Friday said the MCI has issued a notice to the petitioner, who works with Rural Medical College, Loni (Ahmednagar district). The MCI has asked her to stop practice as her degree was not recognised.
The court has directed the government to file its affidavit on Dr Nigvekar's petition within three weeks after which it will come up for further hearing. The petitioner has said she was entitled to a compensation of Rs 60 lakh as the MS (Opthalmology) degree was of no use to her since she cannot practise as a post graduate qualified doctor.