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False Representation of Professors in Govt Medical Colleges: HC directs State Govt to Reply to MCI

False Representation of Professors in Govt Medical Colleges: HC directs State Govt to Reply to MCI

Chennai: Taking cognizance of a PIL seeking action on the false representation of associate doctors as professors during Medical Council of India (MCI) inspections, the Madras High Court has directed the Medical Education Department to furnish its inputs to the apex medical regulator.

The PIL came after media reports highlighted that assistant professors in 22 government medical colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu had impersonated as professors during the annual inspections carried out by the council for the last five years.

In May 2018, Medical dialogues had highlighted in detail that the government doctors under the banner of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association alleged that in a bid to renew ‘permission’ for continuing MBBS courses in many of its 22 medical colleges, the state department has allegedly misled the Medical Council of India (MCI) by presenting associate doctors as professors for five years. The organization had also launched a “non-cooperation” protest ahead of inspections by the MCI.

Adding that this deceitfulness may lead to de-recognition of colleges, Dr K Senthil, Association President said, “Every year, assistant and associate professors are posted as ‘professors’ in these colleges for a day. They appear before the inspection committee and return to their regular posts a day after inspection.”

“This fraudulence won’t happen again even it means that the state medical colleges have to lose recognition,” Dr Senthil added.

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Meanwhile, the halt in the promotions of the professors was also brought up during the protest. The government doctors had given their ultimatum that they are not going to succumb to being falsely represented as Professors during MCI inspections, even if it means loss of medical college recognition.

Later, the Director of Medical Education Dr A Edwin Joe announced that nearly 7,000 doctors in government medical colleges would be re-designated or promoted as per MCI norms and nomenclature

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The Hindu reports that a representation was also submitted to the Medical Council of India in this regard on May 12 and the latter had called for comments from the Health Secretary on June 1.

Meanwhile, a PIL was also filed by one A Narayanan of Change India, a non-governmental organisation, sought the MCI to review the entire process of inspections, approval, recognition and permission by the council to medical colleges for UG and PG courses, and bring out an objective and transparent set of norms for granting approval/ recognition to prevent fraudulent practices.

“If these fraudulent practices are an indicator, the average citizen is at serious risk of at the hands of unethical and ill-qualified doctors rather than on account of illness,” the petitioner stated

TOI reports that when the plea came up for hearing recently, a division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad dispoding the PIL stated, “MCI has acted on the representation dated May 12 sent by the Tamil Nadu Doctors Association and sought for an urgent comment from the medical education department to take further necessary action. In the above-said circumstances, we only direct the department to furnish the comments to MCI, if not done earlier within eight weeks.”

On receipt of comments from the department the MCI has been further directed to proceed in accordance with law, the court added.

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  1. Until now many private medical colleges are facing allegations of hiring private practitioners and showing them as professors by issuing fake promotion/service certificates during MCI inspection and keeping them on role by paying few thousand rupees every month. It is very surprising to know that the state government is also following same practice.The fault lies with system as verification should be done frequently through online video conference system instead of physical verification.

  2. Govt medical colleges should take in their pgs espcially non clinicals after completing instead of placing them in dms. When there are so many vacancies available, why these pgs r placed in DMS and not in DME.

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    kasimahanti sivaprasad August 18, 2018, 12:52 pm

    It\’s true that almost all medical colleges Except a few are doing the same. I suggest these suggestions would help overcoming the problem.
    1. Taking retired professor or associate professors as faculty on contract basis with his last pay drawn. This is in addition to the pension. Don\’t deduct pension amount from salary, both are different.
    2. Recruitment of Asst Professors to be short time. By direct interview and marks, prepare the merit list. All this process can be completed in one month
    3. Promotions to be given every year by DPC with 31st Aug is the cut off date.
    4. Give full UGC scales like university professors or central institute pay scales.

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    Dr.potluri gangadhara rao August 18, 2018, 10:35 am

    Medical education needs total revamping including the functioning of MCI.Instead of just acting as a checkmate MCI should totally feel responsible in empowering MBBS graduates and also developing faculty in various specialities in shaping PG medical education into coupling service with teaching fellowship.A PG student can be a
    serving resourceful person under a pyramidal sfructure with teaching assaignments to the juniors.MCI should own the resposibility instead of merely acting as a head master simlly regulating and judging tbe standards.

  5. Pl give straight answer—EGG is first orHEN is first MCI should not take things to heart ,aboutPIL,a teacher squires skills after feedback experiences ,then promotions MCI members behave as if fallen from Blue as bolt when no papers of publication was not done how they become heads. Its relative merit made them later it is custom.