Private Doctors now have permission to teach MBBS: Health Minister
New Delhi: With questions being raised on the parliament about the approval to medical colleges for the appointment of private doctors to teach MBBS students, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare informed that the same is now possible under the new visiting faculty rule recently approved by the MCI
" With a view to enhance the comprehensiveness and quality of teaching, Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council of India, with previous approval of Government of India, amended the Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulations, 1998 to allow Medical Colleges/Medical Institutions to appoint private doctors as "Visiting Faculty," informed Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey
" These faculties shall be over and above the minimum faculty as prescribed in Minimum Standard Requirements for the Medical College for 50/100/150/200/250 MBBS Admissions Annually Regulations, 1999 and the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulation, 2000 for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in pre-clinical, clinical and para-clinical department(s)." he further added
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that opening new avenues for doctors to enter the field of medical academia, the Board of Governors in Supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI BOG) have amended Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulations 1998" (TEQ rules) to included clauses of visiting faculty. A gazette notification was also released by MCI to this effect
The notification clearly stated that with a view to enhancing the comprehensiveness and quality of teaching of both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical departments, Medical Colleges/Medical Institutions can appoint additional Faculty Members on part-time basis who would be known as "Visiting Faculty". To encourage and facilitate the inclusion of Indian Diaspora in medical education, Overseas Citizens of India can also be appointed as Visiting Faculty.
At the same time, MCI had specified conditions adding that such faculty would not be counted towards MCI inspections in the faculty count.