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Dr Rakesh Kumar Vats, IAS Takes charge as MCI Secretary General

Dr Rakesh Kumar Vats, IAS Takes charge as MCI Secretary General

New Delhi: Dr Rakesh Kumar Vats, IAS has taken over the charge as Secretary General of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Confirmation to this effect comes from the official site of MCI which mentions the name of Dr Vats as the new secretary general of the medical council.

An Indian Administrative Services official from the 1986 West Bengal cadre, Vats serves an additional secretary and financial advisor to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with administration of Central Government Health Scheme as Director General and e-health programmes. He also served as the Chairman of the Drug Price Regulator, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) from April 2018 to November 2018

Dr. Vats has experience of working as Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Urban Development, in addition to the field experience of Revenue Administration in the Districts and Secretariat of the State Government.

Dr. Vats is a Medical Professional by education and has experience of working in Radiotherapy Department for 3 years before joining the administration. Many initiatives of the Ministry of Health in policy related to the use of drugs, medical devices and food standards have been his priority concerns.

Dr Vats replaces Dr Sanjay Shrivastav who had resigned last week. Dr Sanjay Srivastava, Ex- Deputy Director General, DGHS, MOHFW had been appointed as the Secretary-General to assist the Board of Governors in the month of September 2018, when it had handed over the reign of the apex medical council to the 7 member Board of Governors, through an ordinance.

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The temporary charge after Shrivastav’s resignation had been handed over to Prof Siddharth Ramji, with now Dr Vats taking the charge

Earlier last week, The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for promulgation of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 to allow the Board of Governors (BOG) to run the scam-tainted apex body for regulating medical education. This extended the period for which the BOG was appointed, has been increased from one year to two years.

Read Also: MCI Board of Governors to now run Council for 2 years: Modi Cabinet passes fresh Ordinance

The seven members in the BoG include three doctors from the AIIMS- Dr VK Paul (former HoD paediatrics and current member, Niti Aayog), Dr Randeep Guleria (director) and Dr Nikhil Tandon (professor endocrinology).

There are two other doctors — Dr Jagat Ram (director-PGI Chandigarh) and Dr BN Gangadhar (director- National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) — and two ex officio members – Dr S Venkatesh (Director General of Health Services) and Dr Balram Bhargava (Director General- Indian Council of Medical Research).


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    DR. L D MISHRA March 4, 2019, 12:49 pm

    It would have been a better decision if a medical professional, preferably a senior medical teacher was appointed in place of Dr Vats. Though Dr Vats is a medical graduate, he cant be treated as a medical professional. Yes, indeed he is an experienced IAS, yet belongs to out of medical profession.
    It must be emphasized time & again that Medical Council & Med Education, be better managed by Medical Experts.

  2. sir please dentist as m.o. not ayush.

  3. Sir. Please look into the matter of foreign graduate who are giving mci exam. And the level of mci exam should be of screening level but its results percentage is very low. How\’s this possible? It simply shows that students who are studying from abroad are not good in studies? But it\’s not like that. Please sir see into this matter

  4. I see that most of the new MCI. BoG are male members,not much female representation.Also non clinical &paracliñical members are few.Those involved in MBBS planning and implementation at UG level can do lot.

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    Dr.A KUMAR, DR. P MULA & others February 27, 2019, 8:55 am

    CONSIDERATION of BOG taking opportunity of changed atmosphere.

    Sub: Urgent measure is necessary to increase the number of medical teachers in the greater interest of medical education and creation of adequate qualified medical doctors for our nation.
    Respected Sir,
    With great reverence and deep regards we want to put before you the following facts and expect early action on your part.
    According to media reports more than 18,000 MBBS seats, 13,000 postgraduate seats were added in last 4 years; and 118 new medical colleges were added in last 5 years.

    This is good news for the Nation when India badly needs more than six Lakh medical doctors overnight to take care of the minimum health care requirement.
    Recently, the Central Govt. had promulgated an Ordinance to appoint BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN SUPERSESSION OF MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA. The new BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN SUPERSESSION OF MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA had taken a positive decision on DNB candidates so that they can be considered as good as MD/MS and can apply for medical teaching in India. A Gazette notification was published last month.
    But counting teaching experience of the medical teachers in new medical college by MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA remains a thorny issue for the medical faculty.
    On 29th May, 2007, MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA TEQ Committee took a resolution in relation to Information under RTI Act, 2005, on “computation of teaching experience for promotion to the post of Associate Professor in a medical college (Newly opened)” that, “TEQ sub-Committee… decided that teaching experience gained by a candidate in a medical college can be counted only from the date of letter of permission issued by the Central Government, Ministry of Health & F.W.” It was ratified by EC, MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA, on 24/08/2007.
    What compelled MCI to change its earlier decision is not clear. If the decision is applied evenly, it will reduce current medical teachers’ strength by about 40% or more by declaring their current teaching position invalid, thus putting medical education in deep crisis. Moreover, this decision is in contravention to its earlier decision. Viz.
    “MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE .Minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee held on Friday the 8th September, 2000 at 11.00 am in the Council office at New Delhi.
    “24. Recognition of teaching experience acquired by the teaching faculty of Govt. Medical College, Tanda – Guidelines of the Medical Council of India thereof.
    “Read : The letter dt.13/7/2000 received from the DME, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh with regard to recognition of teaching experience acquired by the teaching faculty of Govt. Medical College, Tanda. The Executive Committee considered the letter dated 13.7.2000 received from the DME, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh along with the decision taken by the TEQ Sub-Committee of this Council at its meeting held on 4.11.99 and decided to recommend that the teaching experience acquired by the teachers of the medical colleges which are not recognised but permitted u/s 10A of the I.M.C. Act,1956 be counted from the date of their joining the institution provided they are appointed as per MCI norms.”
    Recently, in 2017, The Karnataka High Court set aside the decision of EC, MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA, 2007.
    AT THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA, DATED 3RD MAY, 2017, THE HON\’BLE MR. JUSTICE ARAVIND KUMAR in W.P.NO.39789/2016 (S-RES) C/W W.P.NOS.41788-41790/2016 (S-PRO). Part of the Verdict:
    “40. As to whether the date of appointment of petitioners to the respective posts is to be reckoned for the purposes of considering their teaching experience or the date on which letter of permission (13.06.2016) which came to be granted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is to be reckoned would be the issue for consideration.
    “41. The requirements to be fulfilled by the applicant medical colleges for obtaining the letter of intent and letter of permission for establishment of new medical colleges and yearly renewals as required under Section 10-A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, vide Annexure-Z would disclose the staff requirement even as on the date of letter of permission (LOP) being issued, the respective colleges are required to have appointed the staff as prescribed thereunder.
    “51.Petitioners having been appointed on the dates mentioned hereinabove, for the respective posts in teaching faculty, respondent – Institute cannot be heard to contend the services of the petitioners has to be reckoned only from the date of LOP granted by the Government of India. Hence, this Court is of the considered view that petitioners had become eligible for being taken into the zone of consideration for promotion and non-consideration of their claims would be violation of their right enshrined in Article 16 of Constitution of India.”
    This verdict of Hon’ble Karnataka High Court, 2017, set aside the decision of EC, MCI, 2007, on counting teaching experience of medical teacher in a new medical college as totally unacceptable. The verdict is clear and loud – counting would be from the date of joining at the new medical college and not from the date of letter of permission issued by the Central Government, Ministry of Health & F.W.
    The main troubles are – when a teacher is freshly appointed in a new Medical College or being transferred from a recognized medical College. Consider, when a state government wants to open a new medical college, no faculty will be interested to be transferred to a new yet-to-get-LOP medical college as it will doom their teaching carrier, because the working period before the new medical college get LOP, is not his/her teaching experience in spite of the fact that they are appointed as per MCI and Govt. of India requirement as full time medical teacher. The faculty members have to sacrifice their teaching experience, promotion and salaries of higher scale. None will be interested to freshly join or being transferred to a new medical college. This guideline/decision must be replaced immediately by the just and comprehensive verdict of Hon’ble Karnataka High Court in the greater interest of medical teaching.
    Further, consider the MCI TEQ Rules & regulations. Consultants having working experience only in AMC (Military), ESI hospitals, District Hospitals etc. are accepted as both UG/PG medical teacher with real teaching experience as good as Zero. Whereas working in a new medical college hospital with Letter of Application teaching experience counts as zero. This is a complete paradox!
    2nd issue is the addition of clause on mandatory ‘SR-ship’ for 01 year for to be a medical teacher is unnecessary, as it serves no good/ practical purpose. Similarly the issue of fixing maximum age limit to 40 years for SR-ship is counterproductive and unjust. The mandatory periods as SR, Assistant Professor, Associate professor and Professor must be clubbed together as total teaching experience for any fresh appointment in new post or promotion in line with AIIMS. Promotion of a medical teacher should be considered as his/her basic right.
    MCI has the official version that it does not appoint any teacher in any post. Medical college or state health authority are the appointing authorities. MCI only looks whether a teacher in his assigned post fulfilled MCI criteria. But MCI as regulatory body must decide in which post the teacher is to counted, otherwise it is pure escapism and counterproductive for the nation. All fresh appointments and promotions must be concurred by MCI and such concurrence is final. MCI is duty bound to promote medical education in a fair way.

    3rd issue is Tenure of teaching experience for appointment or promotion, viz. Senior Resident for 01 year; Assistant Professorship for 04 years; Associate Professorship for 03 years etc. Reputed medical teaching institution AIIMS appoints its faculty based on total teaching / research experience. Are the approach inferior? Surely not! BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN SUPERSESSION OF MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA needs to consider this aspect and should take a decision to simplify the complicated computation.
    4th issue is research publication. Making it mandatory and forcing the faculties to publish in specific journals are causing poor quality publications and breeding corruption. Research publication may be given merit point but not mandatory criteria for promotion. BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN SUPERSESSION OF MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA needs to consider this aspect and should take a decision.
    Thousands of qualified doctors could be medical teachers in India. This deserves immediate attention, so that the cherished national mission to develop human resource into medical doctor comes true.
    We believe that you will surely understand the agony, humiliation and uncertainty of medical teaching professionals, difficulty of all new medical colleges – whether private, Governmental, as well as the cry of the nation. We hope you will guide the concerned departments with your strength and vision to act fast to establish a just solution at this critical hours.
    With regards.


    Judgment of Karnataka High Court

    Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in
    Medical Institutions Regulations, 1998
    (AMENDED UPTO 8th JUNE, 2017)
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    (102 of 1956)
    30th December, 1956
    (As amended by the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Acts, 1964, 1993 & 2001),Article 10A
    Pocket – 14, Sector 8, Dwarka,
    NEW DELHI – 110 077
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    Fax: +91-11-25367024

    DATED 28TH AUGUST 1999
    New Delhi, dated 30th July, 1999

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    Phone: +91-11-25367033, 25367035, 25367036
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    OCTOBER, 2000)

    viii) No. 407] NEW DELHI, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018/KARTIKA 10, 1940
    New Delhi, the 31st October, 2018
    No. MCI-12(2)/2018-Med.Misc./142810.—In exercise of powers conferred by Section 33 of the Indian
    Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956), the Medical Council of India with the previous sanction of the Central
    Government hereby makes the following Regulations to further amend the “Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulations 1998,

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