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Medical Council of India needs to review Rules on Faculty Appointments: Parliamentary Panel

Medical Council of India needs to review Rules on Faculty Appointments: Parliamentary Panel

New Delhi: The recent report of the Estimates Committee on the Subject ‘Medical Education and Health Care in the Country’ have laid a strong emphasis on addressing the shortage of the specialists as well as medical teachers in addressing the health needs of the country. Among the number of recommendations given by the committee to the parliament, the emphasis was laid by the committee in asking the MCI to come out with out-of-the-box solutions to address the growing issue of faculty shortage in the field of medical education.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that in the month of December 2017, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, M.P. and Chairperson, Committee on Estimates (2017-18) presented to Lok Sabha the Twenty-third Report of the Committee on Estimates (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) on the Subject ‘Medical Education and Health Care in the Country’ pertaining to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Department of Health and Family Welfare

Emphasizing the need to increase the number of PG seats in various medical colleges, the committee pointed out the need to address the shortage of faculty in various medical colleges of the country. The committee was found directing the MCI to revise the rules and regulations pertaining to appointment of faculty and come out with out-of-the-box solutions

…. the Committee have emphasized that MCI need to review its rules and regulations pertaining to appointment of faculty and come out with out of box solutions in line with international practices to tide over the shortage of faculty…..

One Such Solution was put forward by the committee itself recommending the engagement of renowned doctors in the field of medical education

While observing that shortage of faculty in medical colleges has adversely affected their quality of teaching, the Committee have recommended that renowned medical specialists with academic background in cities can be given the status of visiting faculty to teach UG/PG students as students generally love to have famous doctors of city teaching them the art of medical practice and it will also increase the pool of medical faculty.

Read ALso: MCI Clarification on Teachers Eligibility Rules; Check out the details

The Estimates Committee also emphasised on the need for technology in medical education

While taking note of the revision of teacher:student ratio, the Committee have emphasized that the quality of medical education is not compromised. Besides, the Committee have recommended to take the benefit of e-teaching devices for medical education in various medical colleges and universities.

The committee also gave important recommendations on the need for incentivising medical students to encourage them to engage in medical research

While noting that the overall research output from the Indian Medical Institutions is very poor and there is a lack of big collaborations or programmes between Institutions where eminent professors and standard equipments are available for research work in the field of medical science and medical instrumentation, the Committee have recommended to take urgent initiatives to encourage and incentivize the medical students so that they concentrate more on research activities in the field of medicine.

Read other recommendations of the committee:

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  1. I, myself, being orthopaedic surgeon, loves to teach my juniors but my mistake was that I never got attached to a medical institute. Now all medical colleges want only one with teaching experience from some college.

  2. There are lot of anomalies during recruitment as well.At many places even senior residency from reputed institutions is not counted towards teaching experience.PVt colleges do not give salary in time and no teacing experience before one year

  3. Sir , India barely needs postgraduates -specialists and superspecialists , especially the need is evident in certain specialisations like oncology, radiotherapy and hematology but not only.If we can have well qualified specialists say from European Union where medical education standards are maintained by European Union Commission , or highly talented postgraduates from other countries after having them screened, we would gain. Till now the MCI act 1956 did not have any provisions to register foreign postgraduates except from 5 English speaking countries.
    There is only a screening test for foreign degrees which at the most make foreign postgraduates an MBBS equivalent doctor. Which sometimes is very humiliating, thus many doctors who were educated in European Union migrated to U.K. or remained where they qualified and settled.
    Although monetarily well off, many of us want to India to at last settle in our motherland, care for our old parents, to educate our children in India and above all to work in India among our countrymen. We want to enrich India with our high class , world class European Union education , on highly mechanised modern medical instruments.Many of us are now academic teachers, consultants, researchers , very experienced clinicians.

    But our age old MCI act has never ever cared to register foreign postgraduates , nor any mechanism was put for example by assessing knowledge of candidates via putting knowledge of these foreign postgraduates accessed on DNB exams , the same that Indian DNB postgraduates give ( and not separate to avoid bias).Or else accessing individually candidates with transparent norms , or else recognition of all of them(as we badly need specialists) .Recognising all foreign postgraduates is not a bad idea ,only condition being they should pass foreign board exams and minimum duration of specialisation should not be less than 3 years .

    In short no mechanism was put in place as to enable foreign postgraduates to get specialist registration in India.

    We kindly request you to enact a mechanism , howsoever strict it may be ,no matter , but a mechanism has to be there which enables foreign postgraduates to register themselves as specialists in India in the forthcoming NMC act 2017.

  4. India badly ….
    Spelling mistake , instead of badly had spellcheck on and the system wrote barely.Apologies!!

  5. There are no posts for superspeciality in many medical colleges… when specialists want to join colleges as teachers.. posts are not available and later these ppl keep age criteria for filling can\’t stop finally, some get the posts while others never get chance though academically strong.these doctors finally enter into private practice.govt can utilise these brains for teaching by giving them some remuneration.they will be much better than the full-timers

  6. Good step and right thinking.There are large no of specialist who has tremendous capacity to teach and guide students regarding adapting soft skills in dealing with all shpere of patients related matters .