New Delhi: A six-member panel of doctors
that replaced the Medical Council of India has sought some
more time from the Health Ministry to decide on recognition
and other related issues in regard to 87 medical colleges.
"The new panel has requested the Health Ministry for more
time to clear the cases referred to it regarding 87 medical
colleges. The previous date was June 12 and now they have
asked for extension till July 15," sources said today.
This includes recognition of three medical colleges,
renewal of 24 government and 37 private medical colleges and
other issues related to 13 new government and 10 private
In a written request, they said, "The board of governors
had deliberated at length on the magnitude of the task and
immense time constraints to complete it. We had therefore
expressed our difficulty in carrying out this work in an
efficient and justifiable manner in such a short time.
"Hence, it would be highly desirable that the date for
finalising our recommendations be extended at least upto July
15, 2010. We have been told that this has been kept as the
last date in the previous years also," it read.
The six-member panel headed by eminent doctor S K Sarin
was formed to replace the 76-year-old MCI, which had been
facing allegations of corrupt practices.
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.