New Delhi: After handing over the entire functioning of the apex medical regulator, the Medical Council of India (MCI) to a 7 member Board of Governors, the government is now aiming to provide the BOG with more assistance to enable them function in a smooth manner.
The assistance comes in the form of the Union Health Ministry creating a group of expert faculty that is going to assist the MCI BOG in the assessment of Medical Colleges for fresh registration as well as renewal of licences. A confirmation to this effect was made by a senior health ministry official to Hindustan Times, who added that the Ministry is inviting deans of government medical colleges across the country, to shortlist at least a couple of senior faculty members, who are well-versed with the functioning of the medical regulator.
“To maintain complete transparency, there will be a corpus of experienced faculty that will help not only in assessing the applications from colleges but also with day-to-day technical operations to replace the now defunct undergraduate and post graduate committees,” said a senior health ministry official, requesting anonymity as the person is not authorized to speak to media.
“The ministry will provide technical assistance to the BoG, at least to begin with, as we have the required expertise. The cadre that we are trying to create will be senior faculty with good track record in terms of honesty and integrity,” the official further told Hindustan Times.
The move comes as a firefighting strategy to the break the alleged nexus between the private medical colleges and the MCI officials when it comes to the inspection of medical colleges. The Ministry has also put forward a system of secret roster to determine the details of the MCI inspections in order to bring in more transparency.
“The roster will be a secret till the last minute, so that no one is aware who will sit for which college’s assessment. This way, medical colleges will not be able to directly approach committee members, and chances of corrupt practices will go down sharply,” the official informed HT.
Stressing that these faculty members will be those having good track record in terms of honesty and integrity, the official also informed that besides medical college inspections, the committee will also assist in the day-to-day technical operations to replace the now defunct undergraduate and post graduate committees.
Medical dialogues had recently reported that there are many important decisions pending before the MCI BOG, that were earlier to be taken up by the Medcial Council of India. These include finalisation of the New MBBS Syllabus, Decision of MD-DNB equivalence, CPS courses.
“We are open to receiving suggestions from experts, and these committees can be chaired by members of the board. It is not a bad idea as there have been advisory committees earlier also. We will soon plan the structure and number of committees,” Dr VK Paul, member, Niti Aayog, who heads the BoG informed Hindustan Times.