The Oversight Committee (OC) on Medical Council of India (MCI) has given the nod to the establishment of 34 new private medical colleges for the current session with certain conditions, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
The Oversight Committee which was mandated by the Supreme Court and is headed by Justice (retd) RM Lodha also approved seven colleges each for private and government. This is for the purpose of an increase in seats and the starting of Super Speciality Courses.
On being asked whether the OC had given clearances to many private medical colleges which were put on hold by MCI inspectors that had found glaring deficiencies, the Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste replied in a written statement, “The government issued necessary permission/ notification as approved by the OC.”
The minister said, “The Supreme Court mandated oversight Committee (OC) on MCI approved following schemes or proposals of the applicant medical colleges for the year 2016-17 with certain conditions.
“Establishment of New Medical Colleges – 34 private, 0 government; increase of intake capacity -7 private colleges, one government; renewal of permission – 30 private and O for government.”
In August, the panel had slammed the medical education regulator MCI, saying it “disregarded” its directives by not conducting fresh inspection of medical colleges.
In a meeting held on June 13 the OC resolved that all applicant medical colleges, which were not given an opportunity to present their compliance to deficiencies communicated by MCI, were to be given an opportunity to do so by June 22.