Ramadoss clarifies on grant of recognition to medical colleges

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today told the Lok Sabha that recognition to a medical college was granted after receiving the recommendations from concerned State Government and local university and it was only after the Centre directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) for inspection that the final recognition was given.

Replying during the question hour in the House, the Minister said in the event of any complaints, the Government directed the MCI for inspection and generally, the MCI in its inspection report said that necessary corrective steps had been carried out but on many occasions, it was found to be not correct.

He said representations had been received against MCI regarding inspection and its recommendations for grant of recognition were given despite lack of faculty. Besides, in other cases, though the faculty met the requirements, they were not accepted by the MCI for grant of recognition.

Dr Ramadoss said in order to ensure that teachers were submitting correct documents in regard to their qualifications and experience and were not employed in more than one institution, the MCI has introduced a system of Smart ID card for the faculty in which important details like academic qualifications, registration particulars and teaching experience along with a thumb print and signature of teacher are embedded in the chip of the Card itself.

The introduction of the system was likely to ensure correct strength of faculty and their qualification in various institutions.

Responding to another question, Dr Ramadoss made it clear that there was no shortage of Anti Rabies Serum (ARS) and Tissue Culture Anti Rabies Vaccine (TCARV) required for the treatment of dog bites.

He said the production capacity of the institutions manufacturing these vaccines within India was sufficient to meet the requirment in the country.

The State Government could obtain the vaccines by placing advance supply orders with the institutions manufacturing these vaccines.

He revealed that his Ministry had taken up a Rs 32 crore project to take up the production of anti-rabies vaccines around four metro cities and the work on that project was going on very fast.

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