Published On: Tue, Jan 19th, 2010

MCI and MHFW propose 3.5 years rural MBBS degree

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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad has announced that the basic formalities of introducing a three and a half year course in bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery is in place.

The doctors who pass out of these courses will work only in rural areas and district hospitals with specified bed capacities, which can also be utilized as medical schools for these courses. The Minister informed that MCI is holding a meeting with Vice Chancellors in the first week of February 2010 to fine tune the modalities.

Azad also called upon states to expedite reforms in medical education sector. He said that Ministry and Medical Council of India has recently amended Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations wherein the teacher student ratio has been revised from 1:1 to 1:2. The MCI Regulations were amended in order to enable the Medical Colleges to increase seats in Postgraduate Medical courses. The Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India have requested all the State Governments to instruct the Government Medical Colleges in their States to send the information with regard to availability of teaching faculty. “I would request all the State Governments to send the details of teaching faculty in Government Medical Colleges in their respective States at the earliest, so that the same can be considered for increase of Postgraduate seats in the light of amended PG Regulations”, said  Azad.