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Chhattisgarh HC Stays 6 CPS Diploma courses

Chhattisgarh HC Stays 6 CPS Diploma courses

Raipur: Considering the issue of recognition of CPS course by the Medical Council of India, the Chhattisgarh High Court has passed a stay order on six of the diploma courses under College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS), which the state government had introduced in order to fill the vacancy of specialists in the state.

The order in this direction was passed by a division bench comprising honourable Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi on 24th September during a hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by Congress leader Dr Rakesh Gupta.

While having a conversation with The Pioneer, Dr Gupta informed that he pleaded before the court that the courses were not approved as per the Act of Medical Council of India (MCI) and were having a heavy fee structure which was difficult to be borne by common students of the state.

The issue of the validity of CPS courses is currently pending before the Bombay High Court. The High court in an earlier interim order had taken a strong note of the fact that the governments were allowing these courses to flourish, despite questions being raised on the validity

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In August, Medical Dialogues had reported about the case pertaining to the recognition of CPS courses in which the Bombay High Court pulled up the central and the state government for allowing such courses to flourish despite opposition from the MCI stating,

If a CPS diploma holder cannot teach any student nor can be termed as an expert in any branch of medicine or surgerythen, there is no warrant in allowing him to retain this degree in his bio-data or nameplate.”

Two of the gazette notifications by the Medical Council of India were also considered. Through a gazetted notification, dated 17th October 2017, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare gave recognition to various CPS diploma courses by including them in the 1st schedule of the MCI act.

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Soon in February 2018, the Ministry did a u-turn through another gazette notification by de-recognising majority of the CPS diploma courses

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Hearing the matter on a writ filed by one Dr Priya ,the court observed the stand of the counsel of the Medical Council of India (MCI) as well as the National Board of Examinations (NBE) who stated that neither of the bodies were in favour of inclusion of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and its courses in the First Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

” CPS being a Society without any proper infrastructure, teaching faculty, hospital, etc. required for imparting medical education is not legally entitled to conduct any medical course as well as confer any degrees whatsoever. In any event, the degree granted by the CPS cannot be treated as a recognized medical qualification.”

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It is reported that in 2016 Chhattisgarh government had declared the commencement of eight of the CPS courses, keeping in view of the shortage of specialists in the state.

For this purpose, the state government had amended Chhattisgarh Medical Act 1987 (No. 11-1990) section 26 and added 26 (A) after which a MoU was signed with College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai in March, 2016. After completing all the formalities from all quarters and seeking permissions, the process of admission was started, reports Pioneer.

The courses offered were Diploma in Medicine, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, Oto-Rhino-lryngology (ENT), Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics (OBG), Pathology and Paediatric. All the doctors who had passed these courses have gotten the government’s backup support for appointment in the Community Health Centre, Primary Health Centers and other health centers of the state.

The courses have now been stayed by the High Court

Source: with inputs
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    Dr raghvendra Narayan Chakurkar September 26, 2018, 10:38 am

    CPS was permitted to give diploma certificates in various specialities by government.
    Thousands have taken diploma course and are practicing in whole of India.
    These are MBBS drs who were not willing to pay lakhs and crores to private colleges to get the degree courses and opted for CPS as it was recognised by govt was that a mistake of them.
    Bams bhms electro pathy and . many other courses provide speciality diploma and degree courses should they also be banned to practice.
    MCI is most corrupt institution in India
    For money they give anyone to do anything
    Like all private colleges can take their exam for pg courses by pencil not by pen.
    DNB is most efficient body to judge standard of drs for pg courses they have been made inferior to the MCI recognised MD/Ms courses.
    In India anything is possible by spending money in medical Colleges.
    Those who have taken MBBS degree from international Universities have to give exam to practice in India which is conducted by DNB the result of it is 10 to 20 percentage.
    Have they tried this exam for inbound medical students to judge the standard of the students anytime. Answer is NO.
    The MCI wants only medical students from private colleges in indta as they usually pay MCI regularly and not the international Universities.
    Thus the fate of CPS is in danger as it is not paying anything to MCI

  2. With due respect, kondly name one such institution in India that is corruption free! Thanks to the founders of this country post-independence, which was the best opportunity to lay a strong foundation but we missed it 4ever.

  3. Government and mci now allow pharmacist nurses Bams and Bhms to practice allopathy …..but cant allow qualified cps fellows to practice….there may few misconduct in cps then adress it rather than putting whole cps at stay …cps fellows r serving at all areas including peripheral one well since long years….

  4. cps is most corrupt body ever in india . Full odlf irregularites . Cps involved in fake certificate scam .already got issued notice by mmc . It should be scrapped out.

  5. This is good decision by HC of Cg ..
    Come on man u lost 500 mbbs seats this year in CG due to ur irresponsible nature , lack of infrastructure nd CORRUPTION in DME..
    Most corrupt person is health minister of CG..

  6. Sir. When MCI ban Elctro homopathy MD degree