NEW DELHI: Pitching for a complete re-structuring of the medical education system, the draft education policy has said that persons who have “vested and entrenched” interests should be kept away from the functions of bodies like the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The policy, drafted by a five-member committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary T S R Subramaniam, which was submitted to the HRD Ministry last week, said: “The councils, in particular the Medical Council of India, comprise of elected persons, who have a strong vested interest in retaining their voting constituency over the larger interests of public health and medical education”.
“The existing framework of medical education needs significant restructuring. Entrenched interests of different kinds should be kept away from the functions of inspection, verification and standard-setting as well as approval for opening new institutions,” it said. The draft policy noted that the number of seats in the existing medical colleges fall short of the present demand for medical professionals. The draft policy said that medical education needs an umbrella body as recommended for the higher education sector as well as representation from citizens and consumers who could address the concerns of the public.
It asked the government to encourage the private sector to set up medical colleges, with appropriate incentives.