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150 Medical Colleges At Verge Of Losing Recognition Of National Medical Commission

According to sources, the National Medical Commission, which oversees medical education and medical professionals in the nation, is likely to withdraw recognition from 150 of the nation’s medical colleges because of insufficient faculty and rule-breaking. 40 medical colleges throughout the nation have already lost their accreditation and are now required to demonstrate to the NMC that they are abiding by the rules.

According to sources, the NMC is keeping an eye on medical institutions in the states of Gujarat, Assam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, and West Bengal.

The flaws were discovered following a more than a month-long investigation by the Undergraduate Medical Education Board of the Commission, which focused on CCTV cameras, problems with Aadhar-linked biometric attendance protocols, and faculty rosters.

According to sources, the colleges were not adhering to the requirements, which included adequate camera installation and operation. The biometric facility was malfunctioning. During the inspection, a number of faculty positions were also discovered to be vacant.

According to authorities, the medical colleges have the opportunity to appeal. Within 30 days, the NMC will accept the initial appeal. They can seek the Union Ministry of Health if the appeal is denied.

Mansukh Mandaviya, the union minister for health, had issued a warning in December that action would be taken against medical colleges that didn’t follow the standards or keep qualified faculty. He had stated, “We must provide students with quality education and produce competent physicians.”

In a nation where there aren’t enough medical schools and spaces for medical students, the de-recognition of 150 institutions might set off a crisis.

The number of medical colleges has nearly doubled since 2014, according to the central government’s official figures.

There were 387 medical colleges in the nation in 2014. The number has climbed to 660 as of 2023. There are now 22, up from 7, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, according to news agency.

Additionally increased was the quantity of post-graduation places. A total of 65,335 post-graduate seats are available, which is more than twice as many as there were in 2014. In 2014, there were 31,185 seats available for medical school. The number of MBBS seats is 1,01,043 – up from 51,348 in 2014.

However, the de-recognition of 150 medical colleges could result in a reduction of roughly 25% in the number of medical institutions.

The state’s government-run medical colleges and hospitals in Gujarat had more than 1,900 open positions, according to information sent to the state’s legislative assembly in March.

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