Medical Education Current Affairs
Parliament has passed Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to replace Ordinance promulgated by President in May 2018. It amends Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 which sets up Central Council of Homoeopathy and regulates homoeopathic education and practice
Key Features of Bill
Supersession of Central Council: The Bill amends 1973 Act to provide for supersession of Central Council with effect from May 18, 2018. The Council will be reconstituted within 1 year from date of its supersession. In the interim period, Board of Governors constituted by central government will exercise powers of Central Council.
Board of Governors: It will consist of up to seven members including persons of eminence in field of homoeopathy education, eminent administrators, appointed by Union Government. The Central Government will select one of these members as Chairperson of Board. With regard to policy decisions, directions of the central government will be final.
Permission for existing homoeopathy colleges: The Bill states that if any homoeopathy medical college has been established or if any established homoeopathy medical college has opened new courses or increased its admission capacity before ordinance was promulgated, then it will have to seek permission from Union Government within 1 year. If homoeopathy medical college fails to seek such permission, then medical qualification granted by it to student will not be recognised under this law.
The Supreme Court has allowed the Union Government to replace the oversight committee set up to supervise the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a fresh panel of five eminent doctors.
The Supreme Court also gave the Government liberty to replace any doctor in the list with another if he does not wish to be a part of the oversight committee.
Earlier, Government had proposed the names of five eminent doctors to replace the earlier members of the oversight committee whose term had just expired.
The Supreme Court using its rare and extraordinary powers under the Article 142 of the Constitution had set up the oversight committee court in May 2016 to oversee the MCI’s functioning for a period of one year or till a suitable mechanism was brought in by the Government to substitute it. The committee was led by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha.
About Medical Council of India (MCI)
MCI is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. It grants recognition of medical qualifications, gives accreditation to medical schools, grants registration to medical practitioners, and monitors medical practice in India.