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Faculty Rules: Doctors Challenge MCI TEQ Regulations in Court


Faculty Rules: Doctors Challenge MCI TEQ Regulations in Court

The petitioners said there was no age limit prescribed when they joined the PG medical courses.

Chennai: Various doctors have filed a petition in the Madras High Court against a clause of the Medical Council of India which prescribes 40 as the maximum age limit for appointment to the post of senior resident or assistant professor in medical colleges. Doctors in their petition have asked the court to declare the MCI legislation “unconstitutional, ultra vires, discriminatory and illegal”

The public interest litigation (PIL) petition came up recently before a bench, comprising Justices S Manikumar and Subramanioum Prasad.The bench posted the matter for further hearing on September 19 after Assistant Solicitor General Karthikeyan, appearing on behalf of the MCI, sought time to file a counter.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that last year the Medical Council of India had amended the Teachers eligibility Qualifications Rules (TEQ) bringing many changes in the rules for doctors to enter medical academia

Among other regulations, the council had brought an amendment vide Clause 6 of Schedule I of the Minimum Qualification for Teachers Medical Institutions Regulations, 1998, with effect from June 8, 2017, prescribing the age limit as 40 for posting as senior resident.

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They said the special rules of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services mandate that the post of the senior resident and the assistant professor must be held by a MBBS degree-holder who must have done PG work in a teaching institution for a period of not less than two years or he must possess a super speciality degree.

Further, the petitioners said there was no age limit prescribed when they joined the PG medical courses.

The government had forwarded a proposal to the Centre on November 27, 2017, to drop the criteria of age limit, making it clear it would affect the entire medical administration and further affect the career of the doctors who are encouraged to serve in rural/hilly/remote areas by awarding incentive marks.

Besides, the government had mentioned that the cap on age limit would be counterproductive to its policy decision, especially when seen against the MCI relaxing retirement age for faculty in medical colleges to 70 years.

The petitioners sought an interim injunction, besides declaring the clause as “unconstitutional, ultra vires, discriminatory and illegal.

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Source: with agency inputs
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    Dr Ramesh vardhan September 17, 2018, 3:01 pm

    TO BEGIN CARRIER AS A TEACHING FACILITY MEMBER AT THE ACE 40 YEARS IS LOOKS TERRIBLE. TEACHING MEDICAL STUDENTS IS ALTOGETHER A DIFFERENT BALLGAME. IT LOOKS AKWARD TO STAND BEFORE A PERSON WHO IS OF SAME AGE OR EVEN YOUNGER AS SENIOR RESIDENT DOESN\’T LOOK GOOD. THAT TOO HAVING A SAME QUALIFICATIONS. THERE IS SOMUCH MORE TO DO /WORK -AS A FREELANCE, CONSULTANT, GOVT OR PRIVATE HOSPITALS. WHY TO LOOK FOR THE TEACHING PROFESSION , UNLESS ONE HAS TO STICK TO A PLACE ???

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    Ashutosh Kumar Pandey September 17, 2018, 10:53 pm

    That is why to add to humiliation MCI mandated 3 year JR ship (essentially down Post MBBS) for DNB passed doctors?

  3. MCI must decrease the retirement age from 70 to 65 years and give more opportunity to young doctors, there should no age limit for entering into private medical colleges, age limit should be only for Public service commissions.

  4. Accordingly the age for Associate and professor eligibility age also increased as retirement age has increased. But the entry age for professor is still 50 years.

  5. Tamil doctors can join West Bengal medical colleges because in here the retirement age is 65.So even if you are 41 years, you still have 24 years of service left.


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