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No need for MCI nod to increase Medical College Seats: SC

No need for MCI nod to increase Medical College Seats: SC

The Supreme Court has directed the medical colleges to not seek necessarily approval from MCI after a medical qualification granted by the institute is recognised by the Union Govt once

The Supreme Court has now directed the numerous medical colleges not to seek the permission of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase its capacity, if and only if, as medical qualification granted by the institute has been recognised atleast once by the Union Government. So, the legal hassle of seeking a fresh recognition every time a new academic year stars, is somewhat reduced.

As a testimony to the judgment, the apex court has substantiated with the fact that a medical course already recognised under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, permission from the Union government alone was required.

“Once a medical college is recognised under Section 11 of the Act along with medical qualification, thereafter, for increase in the admission capacity in any course of study or training that is recognised under Section 11 of the Act, only permission from the Central government as per the scheme under Section 10A of the Act is required,” the judgment authored by Justice Kurian observed.

“No person shall establish a medical college and no medical college shall open a new or higher course of study or training for the award of any recognised medical qualification and no person shall increase the admission capacity in any course of study or training, except with the prior permission of the Central government obtained in accordance with the scheme provided in the Section (10A),” the court held.

You can read the copy of the judgement in the link below

Sree Balaji Medical College v. UOI

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