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New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Medical Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai, who has been arrested on corruption charges, has submitted his resignation from the council.
Official sources from the health ministry told IANS that Desai submitted the resignation letter to MCI vice president P.C. Kesavankutty Nayar.

The letter was Wednesday forwarded to the health ministry by the MCI.

Desai was arrested April 22 by the Central Bureau of Investigation on charge of taking a bribe of Rs.2 crore for giving recognition to a medical college in Punjab though it did not meet MCI standards.

The MCI is a statutory body that oversees the standards of medical education in India.

It grants recognition to medical degrees, gives accreditation to medical colleges, registers medical practitioners and monitors medical practice in the country.

New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Medical Council of India president Ketan Desai, who has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on graft charges, has resigned from the council.
Official sources said Desai submitted his resignation to MCI vice president P.C. Kesavankutty Nayar. The letter has been forwarded to the health ministry for approval.

Reacting to the development, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Thursday said his ministry will accept Desai’s resignation.

“We will accept it definitely,” Azad told IANS.

Desai was arrested April 22 for taking a bribe of Rs.2 crore to give recognition to a medical college in Punjab though it did not meet the MCI standards.

The minister, however, refused to say if the ordinance to change the Medical Council Act has been approved by the cabinet.

“Wait for a some time. In a day or two it will be clear,” Azad said.

The ordinance, which aims at modifying the Medical Council of India Act was scheduled to be presented to the cabinet for approval at its meeting Thursday.

The proposed changes in the act will give the central government greater say in the functioning of the MCI, which is an autonomous body of elected representatives.

A similar bill was rejected by a parliamentary committee in 2005, which said the proposed legislation destroyed the autonomy of the council.

The MCI is an statutory body that oversees the standards of medical education in India. It grants recognition to medical degrees, gives accreditation to medical colleges, registers medical practitioners, and monitors medical practice in the country.

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): The Union Government has decided to dissolve the scandal-hit Medical Council of India (MCI).

The Centre took the decision after MCI chairman Ketan Desai was charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of corruption.

Desai was arrested on April 22.

The Union Cabinet has decided to appoint a seven-member panel of eminent doctors to take care of the functioning of the MCI.

On Wednesday, Desai submitted his resignation letter to MCI vice-president P C Kesavankutty Nair.

Nair has forwarded the resignation letter to the Union Health Ministry.

The MCI, constituted under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, is responsible for ensuring uniform standards in medical education and to grant recognition to medical degrees awarded in India and abroad.

The permission of MCI is required for medical colleges across the country to increase the number of seats, to set up new medical college, to add new courses.

As per the IMC Act, Parliament has to give its nod for the dissolution or formation of a MCI board. (ANI)

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) The health ministry Friday decided to set up a seven-member panel of doctors to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) whose chief was arrested on corruption charges and subsequently resigned.
The government has decided to dissolve MCI following the resignation of its president Ketan Desai. The name of former All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director P. Venugopal is believed to figure in the list of members appointed to the panel.

The cabinet had Thursday approved an ordinance giving the health ministry higher control over the MCI, a body which regulates medical colleges in the country.

Desai was arrested April 22 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs.2 crore in return for giving recognition to a medical college in Punjab though it did not meet MCI standards. His resignation from MCI was forwarded to the health ministry this week.

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Amid reports that medical education would be brought under the ambit of the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER), the health ministry has objected to such a move, saying medical studies need a separate governing body.
“Medical education has a very wide field. It needs a separate governing body,” a senior official of the ministry told IANS Monday.

“Health secretary (Sujatha Rao) has written to the human resource development (HRD) ministry giving a sketch of the problems that may arise if medical education is brought under the NCHER,” he said.

The speculations arose after President Pratibha Patil Saturday signed an ordinance dissolving the Medical Council of India (MCI) and replacing it with a seven-member committee.

The government decided to bring the ordinance after a crisis hit the regulatory body when its president Ketan Desai was arrested April 22 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs.two crore to accord recognition to a medical college in Punjab though it did not meet MCI standards. Desai gave his resignation to the health ministry Wednesday.

A seven-member panel, led by eminent gastroenterologist S.K. Sarin, will replace the MCI and serve for a period of one year.

The official said that there were little chances of revival of the MCI, which had been tasked to oversee the standards of medical education in India, grant recognition to medical degrees, give accreditation to medical colleges, register medical practitioners and monitor medical practice in the country.

“The MCI may or may not be revived, but medical education should be left with the health ministry,” he said, adding talks are likely to be held between the two ministries this week.

The letter written to HRD Secretary Vibha Puri Das included issues like affiliation of medical college to universities, problems that may come in drafting and approving the syllabus and possibility of conflicts between the college management and hospital management to which the colleges are attached.

“Since medical education is linked with hospitals, it is not good to have them under different ministries,” the official said.

The letter also expressed the health ministry’s desire to have a separate National Council for Human Resources in Health as announced by President Patil in her speech to the joint session of Parliament last year.

“We can have a body overlooking all aspects of medical education including nursing, dentistry, and other subjects,” he said.

The proposed National Council for Human Resources in Health will separate regulation of medical education from regulation of medical practice. Both will be under the health ministry.

Sources from the HRD ministry said that the draft NCHER bill will be introduced in the monsoon session of parliament.

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The health ministry Tuesday ruled out regulation of medical education by a higher education council proposed by the human resource development (HRD) ministry, saying medical science cannot be separated from health policy.
Health Secretary Sujatha Rao said: “There is no question (of health education being under the proposed National Council for Higher Education and Research). Medical science is a very specialised area and it cannot be divorced from actual health policy.”

Rao said this after an hour-long meeting with HRD Secretary Vibha Puri Das at the health ministry.

The meeting was held after the HRD ministry pitched for bringing health education under the purview of the proposed NCHER (National Council for Higher Education and Research) as the Medical Council of India, which regulated medical education, was dissolved May 15.

Former MCI president Ketan Desai was arrested on charges of taking bribe to give recognition to a medical college in Punjab though it did no conform to the MCI norms.

Rao made it clear that medical education will be placed under National Council for Human Resource in Health (NCHRH) as mentioned in President Pratibha Patil’s address to the joint session of parliament last year.

“We will have our own NCHRH to set the standards in health education,” she said.

Das, meanwhile, said that her ministry is yet to take a final decision on the NCHER bill.

“There were apprehensions about health education and NCHER. As of today, the task force has prepared the document of NCHER. The ministry is yet to take a final view. The ministry will take a decision in consultation with all ministries. We are discussing and working towards an agreed solution,” she said.

“We discussed the NCHER and how we can work in tandem with other ministries. They (health ministry officials) are very positive about how to bring about the best possible reforms and what will be the best possible way forward so that we can improve the quality of higher education,” Das said.

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