NMC seeks to ease norms for new medical colleges

WITH THE INTEGRA OF easing the rules for setting up new medical colleges, the National Medical Commission (NMC), the country’s apex medical education regulator, has proposed a relaxation of the mandatory requirement to have a hospital “fully functional” for at least two years before starting. a medical school. This exemption will apply only to organizations having experience in running a medical college and a 1,000-bed multi-specialty hospital elsewhere in the country.

According to the existing Regulations for the Establishment of the Faculty of Medicine, the person establishing the university must “own and manage a minimum 300-bed fully functional hospital with necessary infrastructure facilities capable of converting- if in a teaching institution… the hospital should be fully functional for a minimum period of two years.”

Now, in a draft notification, the NMC has said that “the condition of ‘fully functional hospital for a minimum period of two years’ will not apply in case of deemed colleges and universities which have experience in establishing and running fully functional recognized medical colleges and hospitals of 1,000 beds or more, for at least two years, anywhere in India.”

Certain brokers add: “The building of both the hospital and the medical school is owned and managed by the same organization; the proposed medical college building has not been used for any other purpose before…; and, at the time of the application, it has a multispecialty hospital with a minimum of 1,000 hospitalization beds and that complies with the rest of the rules established by the regulations”.

The NMC has invited public comments on the draft notification for a period of 30 days.

The move is seen as a part of the attempt to increase medical seats across the country. The number of MBBS seats in the country has increased from just over 51,000 in 2014 to nearly 92,000 for the 2022-23 batch. The government has supported increasing the number of seats in existing universities, setting up new universities with existing district hospitals and setting up new AIIMS.

“There have been discussions about relaxing the rule of having an established hospital to help increase the number of medical posts in the country. Initially it was a period of three years, which was later reduced to two years. Now, it is over ,” said a senior official at a private medical college. “Any hospital takes some time to establish itself and see patients coming in. Now if this (rule) is relaxed, medical colleges can be established at the same time as the hospital is being established. So how can teach students in the early years? Also, having a university and a hospital in different parts of the country doesn’t really help,” the official said.

“This will help rapidly increase the number of medical colleges and help achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of having a medical college in every district of the country,” said Dr JC Passey, dean of the World College of Science and Search Doctors in Rohtak.

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