New Delhi: The country`s medical education
regulator, Medical Council of India, did not adhere to the
inspection rules of medical colleges as 89 per cent of them
were not surveyed within the mandatory five-year period, the
Comptroller and Auditor General has pointed out.
The auditor pointed out that prestigious the Lady
Hardinge Medical College in Delhi was inspected after a gap of
14 years while S N Medical College in Agra and MLN Medical
College in Allahabad were inspected by the Council after an
interval of 12 years.
In its performance audit report, the CAG slammed the MCI
for not drawing any schedule for periodical inspection of each
medical college though its norms provided for such inspection
once in every five years.
The audit revealed that the Council did not adhere to
its norms of periodical inspection of recognised medical
colleges once in a block of five years in 56 out of 63
institutions, abut 89 per cent, periodically inspected by it
during 2004-05 to 2008-09.
The report also spoke of the failure of the Council to
achieve its principal objective of maintenance of uniform
standards of medical education.
"This may also result in adverse effect on the delivery
of public health services in the country," it said.
The audit was conducted between June 8 to September
25, 2009 and covered 71 new medical colleges established
between 2004-05 to 2008-09. It also covered examination of
records of all 63 medical colleges inspected by the Council.