National Medical Commission to replace MCIThe National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, which is set to replace the existing Medical Council Act, 1956, has been cleared by the Cabinet, according to sources.
The new Bill looks at moving to a less regulated environment in medical education, in favour of “outcome based monitoring”. Several conditions, such as increasing the intake of students, will be relaxed once the Bill is cleared.At present, the Medical Council of India (MCI) gives permission for the establishment and recognition of medical colleges, renews their licenses and approves increases in intake of students. Once the new Bill is implemented, colleges do not need to renew licences, and can increase student intake on their own.
They can also start post-graduate courses on their own, without seeking permission from the National Medical Commission (NMC), which will replace the MCI.