New MCI panel holds its first meeting

A six-member panel which replaced the corruption-ridden Medical Council of India (MCI), on Monday held its first meeting here to discuss the functioning of the dissolved regulatory body.

Last Updated: May 24, 2010, 21:49 PM IST

New Delhi: A six-member panel which replaced
the corruption-ridden Medical Council of India (MCI), on Monday held its first meeting here to discuss the functioning of the
dissolved regulatory body.

The panel, headed by eminent doctor S K Sarin, met senior
officials of the dissolved MCI, set up 76 years ago to
regulate medical education in the country, and wanted to know
about the roles and procedures followed for giving approval to
colleges, official sources said.

The panel, dissolved through an ordinance on May 15, will
meet Health Secretary Sujatha Rao tomorrow and discuss how to
carry out the regulatory functions in health education, they
said.

Ketan Desai, the former chief of the now dissolved Medical
Council of India, and two others were arrested by CBI on April
24 for allegedly taking Rs 2-crore bribe to grant
recognition to a medical college in Punjab.

The other members of the panel, which will be in charge
till the next one year, are Ranjit Roy Chowdhary, Sita Naik,
Gautam Sen, Devi Shetty and R L Salhan.

The government has said it would bring in a new law for the
formation of an overarching body to regulate medical education
in the country.

The Health Ministry is expected to discuss tomorrow the
contour and scope of the proposed National Council of Human
Resource in Health.

The Health Secretary will also discuss with her HRD
counterpart Vibha Puri Das matters relating to the proposal
for inclusion of medical education under National Commission
for Higher Education and Research (NCHER).

Rao has already opposed the idea of including health
education under proposed NCHER and favoured that health
education should be part of NCHRH.

A draft law for NCHRH would be formulated by June end,
Rao has said.

PTI