Harsh Vardhan criticizes MCI for slashing MBBS seats

June 24, 2014

New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has slammed the Medical Council of India (MCI) for wiping out MBBS seats in the medical colleges. The move came just after Health Minister Harsh Vardhan accused corruption in the Medical Council of India (MCI) to be the reason behind the decline of the standards of medical education in the country.

The move seems acceptable as the country is already facing shortage of qualified MBBS doctors and this will surely increase the ratio between doctors and population. Despite shortage of qualified doctors, MCI had recently sacked approval of 50 new medical colleges that in turn would have added 5,000-7,500 medical seats.

The Health Ministry, however, has planned to review each and every recommendation one by one and is considering forming a committee consisting of experts to handle the matter by next month.

It is an unjustified move on part of the MCI. It is wrong to reduce medical seats, that too in government medical colleges, at a time when the country is grappling with medical manpower shortage. We will look into the matter on a case to case basis and reassess every recommendation. The benchmark of medical education should be standards, not how big the classroom is or how small the auditorium is, Harsh Vardhan said.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) had earlier scrapped authorization to almost 14,000 medical seats in various medical colleges pointing on issues like infrastructure, faculty strength, etc in already approved medical colleges and various new ones that had asked for approval.

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