LATEST NEWS ABOUT MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA
By Live Dr - Mon Nov 03, 4:31 am
NEW DELHI: Next year, if you fail to make it to a prestigious medical college, don’t lose hope of studying medicine. A leading hospital chain is all set to offer India’s first MBBS programme through distance education.
According to sources in the Medical Council of India which regulates medical education in the country, Max Healthcare and US-based Ocenia University have been in regular touch with MCI over the distance MBBS programme and their proposal is in the final stage of approval. Ocenia University offers online and distance medical programmes in the US and will help Max structure the course.
So far, only a few distance paramedical programmes are on offer in India by open universities like IGNOU as MCI is yet to approve online and distance programme in medicine. Since MBBS courses need a lot of hands-on training, distance courses were thought to be unviable.
Pervez Ahmed, executive director of medical operations at Max Healthcare, told TOI that the course and curriculum that Max plans to offer would be as per MCI guidelines and the mode of delivery would be similar to the Ocenia University programmes. “The theory part would be conducted in distance mode with interactive Internet tools. The practicals would be conducted on campus at various functional and upcoming Max Healthcare hospitals,” he said.
Max Healthcare would be upgrading its six hospitals in the National Capital Region to 4,000 beds within three years, sources said. Anil Kohli, president of Dental Council of India, welcomed the plan for distance MBBS courses.
“This would definitely be a major boost to medical education and will make it within the reach of more students.
Currently, private medical courses are very costly and not properly monitored.” According to Ahmed, the fees of the distance MBBS course would be “competitive.”
New Delhi: A new concept in medical education i.e. through distance mode would be possible soon in India by the joint effort of Max Healthcare and the US-based Ocenia University of Medicine. The proposal is under consideration at the Medical Council of India (MCI) and is likely to get the approval before the coming academic session.
If the proposal gets the government’s nod, students would be offered MBBS programme through distance mode of education.
According to MCI sources, Max Healthcare and US-based Ocenia University are in regular touch with the MCI for the approval of distance MBBS programme. The proposal is in the final stage of approval.
According to Pervez Ahmed, Executive Director of medical operations, Max Healthcare – “the course and curriculum that Max plans to offer would be as per MCI guidelines and the mode of delivery would be similar to the Ocenia University programmes. The theory part would be conducted in distance mode with interactive Internet tools. The practical classes would be conducted on campus at various functional and upcoming Max Healthcare hospitals.”
Welcoming the Max Healthcare’s move of imparting medical education through distance mode, Anil Kohli, president of Dental Council of India said, “This would definitely be a major boost to medical education and will make it within the reach of more students. Currently, private medical courses are very costly and not properly monitored.”
Till date, in India, medical education through distance mode has not been approved by the MCI. Only few paramedical programmes are on offer by several open universities including IGNOU. Since MBBS courses need a lot of hands-on training, distance courses were thought to be unviable.
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The government today asserted that there was no shortage of doctors and nurses in the country and denied any proposal to set up a task force to assess the ”shortage of medical professionals and healthcare workers.” As per information furnished by Medical Council of India at present there are 6,83,682 allopathic registered doctors in the country. Apart from this, there are 271 medical colleges with 31,172 annual intake capacity and students passing out from these medical colleges every year are also adding to the strength of doctor in the country. Moreover, there are more than 6 lakhs practitioners of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy in the country, Health Minister Anbumoni Ramadoss informed the Lok Sabha today in a written reply.
However, there was an imbalance in the availability of doctors in the rural and urban areas of the country.
To expand the facilities of Medical Education and health related services, under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) the Government has decided to set up six AIIMS like institutions in under served-states and also to upgrade 13 existing Government Medical College / Institutions in ten States. Further, the Government encourages setting up of new colleges in the Government as well as private sector and also increase intake of medical students, he pointed out. Moreover, the Government is also exploring the possibilities to allow utilisation of district hospitals as teaching hospital by the promoters of private medical colleges under public private partnership model in the underserved areas in the country and NRHM focus states. Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), all PHCs are envisaged to be strengthened by upgrading single doctor PHC to 2 doctors PHC by posting of AYUSH practitioners and skilled nurses at PHC level. The States are encouraged to appoint doctors, specialists and paramedics on contractual basis. Multi-skill training of doctors and in-service training of ANMs / Nurses is done.
The States have been requested to strengthen their nursin
The States have been requested to strengthen their nursing cadre.
Requirement of funds for establishment/strengthening of nursing and ANM schools, as incorporated in the PIP of some States under NRHM (2006-07) has been approved. Strategic frame work has been prepared to meet shortage of nurses in future by establishing Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) and General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) schools in those districts (230) which are not having both these training programmes.
To check the exodus to doctors and also to attract the doctors to join Central Health Services (CHS), the Government is providing better service conditions e.g. higher pay and allowances, better promotional avenues, increase in age of retirements like to CHS doctors. A proposal to make mandatory rural posting is also under consideration of the Government, he added.