Lodha Panel overrules MCI decision on colleges

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Supreme Court appointed three member panel headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha overturned Medical Council of India’s (MCI) decision and gave permission to 26 medical colleges out of 86 to teach courses.

Lodha panelEarlier, the MCI denied permission to 86 medical colleges around the country to run based on infrastructure facilities and for lacking faculty during an inspection by the council.

In June, Supreme Court provided a second chance to those denied colleges by appointing a three member committee and gave them a chance to submit their representations to Health Ministry.

According to a Health Ministry source, till date oversight panel (OC) received 39 applications from medical institutions promising compliance before the new session starts on September 30.

The Lodha committee said that the permission to 26 colleges is conditional with three strict riders. Firstly, these institutions had to give an undertaking to the MCI that they won’t lack any deficiencies when the new session starts on September 30.

Secondly, they have to give worth Rs 2 crore each as guarantees to the MCI bank. Thirdly, the OC has reserved the right to inspect at any time before and after September 30.

A Ministry Official said, if the OC is not satisfied in any minute case it has a right to debar new colleges from admissions for the subsequent two years and that’s the practice Supreme Court has followed in approving new medical colleges.

On the other side, the number of MBBS seats in Telangana has been increased by 450 from this academic year. The total number of seats in the state will rise to 3,350 seats.

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