HC asks DCI to explain criteria for approval of foreign colleges

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the Dental Council of India (DCI) to place before it by December 4 all records pertaining to the criteria through which it selects a foreign college for approval of its degree for registration as a medical practitioner.

The direction by Justice S Ravinder Bhatt came on a petition by Rita Sikka, an Overseas Citizen and a graduate from the Dental College at British Columbia (Canada), seeking permission to practice in India.

Rita had approached the DCI to seek permission for setting up her private practice here. The DCI in turn sought advise from the Medical Council of India which rejected her case, saying it could not grant permission to someone who is not a citizen.

Her degree was also rejected on the same grounds.

The 23-year-old Rita was born in India but her family later migrated to Canada. She was married to an Indian boy and now resides in the city. However, her parents had acquired Canadian nationality.

Rita was granted the status of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), previously known as Persons of Indian Origin(PIO), under a scheme floated by the Union Government part -- the Pravasi Bharti Scheme -- to encourage persons of Indian origin to return to their country of origin so that their talent and expertise could be put to good use here.

When efforts to get herself registered for medical practice failed, Rita approached the High Court.

Counsel for Rita Rakesh Tikoo sought to know what use is the Citizenship Ammendment Bill, which was passed in the year 2003 and gives the People of Indian Origin staying abroad the right to exercise their economical, financial rights in India.

Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, appearing for the Government, said that they are considering such cases but no formal notification has been issued on the matter till now.

The court adjourned the hearing into the case till December 4 when it will examine all records to be placed by the DCI.

The DCI should consider the merits of the college for allowing its students to practice here not the merits of the students, the court observed.

UNI

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