Med council declares courses in 2 hospitals, IGNOU illegal
Students well aware that course does not have MCI certification: Hospitals
The Medical Council of India has issued a circular declaring post-graduate course offered by Kokilaben Dhirunbhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai and AMRI Hospital in Bhubaneshwar in emergency medicine “illegal” and advised all concerned “not to enrol themselves in such courses” which were not accorded permission by the central government.
The circular stated that the post graduate diploma in HIV Medicine, Health Management, Maternal and Child Health and Geriatric Medicine offered by the Indira Gandhi Open University was also illegal.
According to the circular these courses “have not been accorded permission by the central government as statutorily required under the Indian Medical Council Act 1956”. “Consequently, such qualifications are non-recognised and the holders thereof are not entitled to seek registration of additional qualification with the concerned medical council. Thus the offering of such post-graduate courses in modern medicine are illegal and void ab initio,” it stated. Dr
Ram Narain, executive director of Kokilaben Hospital, Andheri, said that the prospectus of the master’s course in emergency medicine doesn’t mention that the it has MCI recognition. “We take 12 students every year who are awarded a certificate of completion of training,’’ said Dr Narain. He added the students were aware about the course having an association with an American medical school and not the MCI.
Dr Salil Mohanty, VP, Amri (Bhubaneswar), said, “Doctors, who have taken admission in Amri’s master of emergency medicines programme, know that the course is not recognised by the MCI. At the time of admission, they are clearly told about this fact. Such a course does not need the MCI’s recognition. The MCI has made public the names of only three hospitals though altogether 10 hospitals offer similar course.”
Under the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, prior permission of the central government is required to establish a new medical college and impart courses in modern medicine. Such permission is granted by the central government on the recommendation of the MCI
Under the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, prior permission of the central government is required to establish a new medical college and impart courses in modern medicine. Such permission is granted by the central government on the recommendation of the MCI. “The admissions made by any institution that imparts courses in modern medicine, namely MBBS or Diploma in various streams of medicine; MD/MS/DM/ M.Ch without the prior of the central government is illegal and students admitted shall not get recgised medical qualification entitling them to practice medicine,” stated the circular dated September 28, signed by MCI secretary Dr Reena Nayyar.