New Delhi: Board of Governors – MCI has not recognized Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology of Indira Gandhi National Open University as permission for the said course was not granted by the Central Government / MCI under section 10A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
This was the clear cut reply given by the Minister of State, Health and Welfare, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey was given in the Rajya Sabha as he replied to a question raised by MP Shri NK Premachandran.
The MP had asked the minister whether the request from Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologist is pending with MCI Board of Governors for the recognition of Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology (PGDCC) from Indira Gandhi National Open University and if so to provide details thereof.
Further responding to the question whether the Government proposes to promote the institution and Universities conducting/willing to conduct Post Graduate Diploma, certificate course in clinical cardiology, the minister replied with a NO enunciating that Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology has not been prescribed in Medical Council of India’s Post Graduate Medical Education Regulation, 2000.
The minister was also asked whether there are sufficient number of doctors are available in our country to meet the requirement of cardiac patients.
Choubey answered that while the data regarding number of Cardiologist in the country is not maintained centrally, he did provide the statistics on the SS seats that are available in the country in the field of Cardiology
As per Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 of Medical Council of India (MCI), DM Cardiology and DM Pediatric Cardiology are available in the country with an intake capacity of 397 post graduate seats. Further, National Board of Examination (NBE) is running Diplomate of National Board (DNB) seats in Cardiology and Fellowship (FNB) in Interventional Cardiology. Presently, there are 211 DNB seats in Cardiology and 34 seats in Fellowship (FNB) in Interventional Cardiology.