According to official sources, approximately 40 medical colleges in India have recently lost their recognition due to their failure to comply with the standards set by the National Medical Commission (NMC). These colleges have been found to have various lapses, including non-compliance with CCTV camera requirements, Aadhaar-linked biometric attendance procedures, and faulty faculty rolls. Additionally, it is reported that around 100 more medical colleges in states such as Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Assam, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, and West Bengal may also face similar consequences for non-compliance with NMC guidelines.
Rise in Medical Colleges and Seats
The number of medical colleges in the country has significantly increased since 2014, with a rise of 69% from 387 to 654. The Minister of State for Health, Bharati Pravin Pawar, revealed that there has been a 94% increase in MBBS seats from 51,348 to 99,763 and a 107% increase in PG seats from 31,185 to 64,559 during the same period. The government’s efforts to address the shortage of doctors in the country led to the establishment of new medical colleges and the subsequent increase in the number of MBBS seats.
Experts from the medical field have expressed concerns regarding the derecognition of medical colleges by the NMC. They highlight the NMC’s heavy reliance on the Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system, which only considers the faculty members present during daytime working hours. However, doctors often work in emergency situations and night shifts, making the rigid working hour requirements impractical. The experts suggest that the NMC needs to be more flexible in addressing such issues rather than engaging in micro-management of medical colleges.
Moreover, some experts argue that while the NMC is derecognizing medical colleges due to perceived deficiencies, it has allowed student registrations in these colleges, which creates a contradiction. They also express concerns about the impact on India’s global image, as the country is a major supplier of doctors. Instances like these might erode confidence in Indian doctors worldwide.
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