Unscrupulous private and government medical colleges may no longer be able to resort to faculty impersonation or “hiring” furniture and lab equipment, to get the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) approval for their institutions. For, after being nudged by the Delhi High Court, the MCI has now decided to conduct surprise inspections in colleges giving the management no room to hoodwink the inspecting teams.
It is common for medical colleges to “borrow” faculty, library books, laboratory equipment and allied infrastructure needs from neighbouring institutions and present them before the MCI’s inspecting teams as their own to get approval.
In Tamil Nadu, even some new Government medical colleges had resorted to such an unhealthy practice in the past. They were able to do this as the MCI usually informed them in advance about the date of inspection.
Recently, in the Raipur Institute of Medical Sciences Vs Government of India case, Justice V K Jain said surprise inspections must be conducted so that there is no scope for (i) arranging or admitting patients and (ii) arranging/hiring/borrowing equipment or employing teachers, on a temporary basis.
“I also feel that all such inspections should be videographed, so that there is no dispute with respect to what actually was available at the time of inspection,” he said mandating the MCI to film the proceedings.
The MCI at its last executive meeting on January 23 decided to comply with this direction besides working out the feasibility of videographing the inspection.
Tamil Nadu Private Professional Colleges Association (Health Sciences) president C R Swaminathan said earlier colleges were informed ahead of the inspection.