Govt derecognizes 40 medical colleges in India

New Delhi: In the past two months, as many as 40 medical colleges across the country have lost recognition allegedly for not following standards set by the National Medical Commission (NMC). According to media reports, about 100 more medical colleges may face similar actions. The agency citing sources said the colleges that may lose recognition are located in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Assam, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, and West Bengal.

Several medical colleges in the country were not found to be complying with the set norms. NMC found lapses related to Aadhaar-linked biometric attendance procedures, CCTV cameras, and faculty rolls during the inspection.

According to government data, medical colleges in the country are prolific. Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar in Rajya Sabha said that there is an increase of 69 per cent in the medical colleges from 387 before 2014 to 654 as of now.

Further, there’s also a surge in MBBS seats – from 51,348 before 2014 to 99,763. Their MBBS seats have increased by a whopping 94 per cent in the past decade. Further an increase of 107 per cent in PG seats from 31,185 before 2014 to 64,559 as of now.

The MoS Health said in Parliament that the government opened more medical colleges and increased medical seats in a bid to tackle the issue of the shortage of doctors in the country, thus improving the medical system.

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