MCI president Ketan Desai resigns from post

Disgraced Medical Council of India (MCI) President Ketan Desai, who is facing graft charges, has resigned as head of the autonomous body.

Updated: May 13, 2010, 18:46 PM IST

New Delhi: Disgraced Medical Council of
India (MCI) President Ketan Desai, who is facing graft
charges, has resigned as head of the autonomous body.
Desai, who was arrested on April 22 by CBI for
allegedly accepting bribe to give permission to a Punjab
medical college to recruit a fresh batch of students without
having requisite infrastructure, has submitted his resignation
to Vice President Hamid Ansari, official sources said.
The Vice-President has forwarded the resignation
letter to the Health Ministry, they said.

The main functions of the MCI, set up under the Indian
Medical Council Act, 1933, are to ensure uniform standards in
medical education and grant recognition to medical degrees
awarded in India and abroad.

Medical colleges across the country require MCI`s
permission to increase the number of seats, to set up new
medical college, to add new courses and also to increase
student intake.

PTI