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SC allows non MCI approved colleges to admit medical students

Colleges with no Medical Council of India (MCI) recognition can now admit medical students after the Supreme Court waved the green flag last week.

However, there is a catch for all the medical colleges to have benefited from this ruling – they must take adequate measures to rectify the shortcomings that stand between them and an MCI recognition at the earliest possible.

The SC delivered its judgment keeping in view that approximately 3,000 medical seats would lay vacant if no interim direction was issued. For a country like India where the ratio of qualified doctor to patients is abysmally high, any such waste of seats does not makes much sense.

A bench led by Justice Anil R Dave paved the way for the colleges to function normally and directed the heads of the colleges to issue an undertaking within 10 days promising that there was no defect in the colleges run by them.

“They would also state that their deposit with the Medical Council of India, which is around Rs 10 crore, be forfeited by way of penalty if the statement made in the undertaking is found to be incorrect at the time of the next inspection,” the bench said, as reported by the Indian Express.

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