New Delhi: The Medical Council of India
on Saturday recommended relaxation of norms for setting up medical
colleges, including changing the student to bed ratio in
collegiate hospitals to 1:5 from 1:8 and increasing the
retirement age of teachers to 70 years from 65.
The set of new regulations which has already been sent to
the Union Health Ministry also recommend decreasing the land
sealing for setting up of a medical college and hospital to 10
acres from the existing 25 acres.
In any city for a unitary hospital and college campus,
the sealing would be 10 acres and the distance between the two
can be upto five km, S K Sarin, Chairperson of the MCI told
For hilly and difficult areas, the distance between the
medical college and its hospital can be upto 10 km, he said.
Sarin further said established medical colleges can now
take upto 250 students and the student to bed ratio has also
been increased from the existing 1:8 to 1:5.
Thus for 100 students now the number of beds can be 500,
for 150- 700 and for 250- 1100.
In order to retain experienced and talented teachers, the
MCI has recommended increasing the retirement age of the
teacher to 70 years from the existing 65 years.
"Many more incentives are also being planned," he added.
Earlier, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had also
favoured relaxing the norms for medical colleges in order
to produce more doctors.
According to the MCI, India faces a shortage of 7.5 lakh
MCI member Devi Prasad Shetty, said if these relaxed
norms are cleared by the government, then the country can
produce 8,000 to 10,000 more doctors each year and have 50,000
more doctors by 2012.