A six-member panel of doctors that replaced the Medical Council of India has sought some more time from the Health Ministry to decide on recognition and other related issues in regard to 87 medical colleges.
“The new panel has requested the Health Ministry for more time to clear the cases referred to it regarding 87 medical colleges. The previous date was June 12 and now they have asked for extension till July 15,” sources said on Saturday.
This includes recognition of three medical colleges,renewal of 24 government and 37 private medical colleges and other issues related to 13 new government and 10 private medical colleges.
In a written request,they said,”The board of governors had deliberated at length on the magnitude of the task and immense time constraints to complete it. We had therefore expressed our difficulty in carrying out this work in an efficient and justifiable manner in such a short time.
“Hence,it would be highly desirable that the date for finalising our recommendations be extended at least upto July 15,2010. We have been told that this has been kept as the last date in the previous years also,” it read.
The six-member panel headed by eminent doctor S K Sarin was formed to replace the 76-year-old MCI,which had been facing allegations of corrupt practices.
Other members of the panel,which will be in charge till the next one year,are Ranjit Roy Chowdhary,Sita Naik,Gautam Sen,Devi Shetty and R L Salhan.