Saturday, April 24, 2010

Medical education at IITs

Under the Ministry of Health, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has been given the power to set the rules for institutions offering MBBS (as well as post-graduate degree) programs.

According to an editorial in The Indian Express, three IITs have plans to start medical courses. Now, we have to assume that they accept MCI's regulatory powers over their faculty of medicine, and that they have done -- or, are committed to do -- everything to meet MCI's mandatory requirements.

But the ToI reports:

Health Ministry officials said there was no clarity on who will regulate the proposed medicine courses in IITs which are run by the HRD ministry.

This implies that the health ministry is afraid (or, at the least, unsure) that the Faculty of Medicine at the three IITs may remain outside MCI's regulatory reach. Do we know if the IITs have explicitly sought an exemption from MCI regulations?


  1. Ankur Kulkarni said...

    What I don't understand is the motivation behind this move of MBBS at IITs. Particularly, with so much confusion over regulations, why is the HRD so dogmatic about starting these medicine courses? To me this move seems to have come from some stupid incoherent agenda or a larger ulterior motive.

  2. Ungrateful Alive said...

    MHRD meets MCI --- Freddy meets Jason, or Alien meets Predator --- no matter who wins, we lose.

  3. Ankur Kulkarni said...

    Have you seen this Abi?