Would you like to study a course in a college without any infrastructure? Well, if your answer is no, you are agreeing with the Medical Council of India (MCI).
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court has declined the request of MCI. During the inspection by the MCI, about 86 colleges were found to be lacking facilities and infrastructure needed for some courses.
Soon after the inspection, the MCI had denied them the permission to offer the courses with no infrastructure.
SC's judgement: A game changer or a mistake?
Even after MCI's report on the case, the Supreme Court designated Lodha Committee chose to overlook the claims and allow at least 26 colleges to begin the enrolment of the courses.
Experts believe that such a decision by the SC can prove fatal. According to reports, the concern of the experts is the quality if doctors that will be produced in the country. Considering the standard of medical education India is already a matter of concern, decisions like these can only worsen the situation.
This being a long term concern, the direct consequences have also been noted by the experts. According to a report in the Times of India, experts have raised concerns over the future of the students. Their concern is that if these medical colleges are allowed to admit students this year and denied to enrol students next year, the students of the current batch will face the issue of legitimacy of their degrees.
Moreover, the decision might leave MCI disillusioned with the court's proceeding. As it is a decision taken after individual physical inspections, the MCI is disappointed with the SC for not giving credibility to their inspections.
The only bright side
The SC's Lodha Committee has left a margin for the permission to be conditional. They have also promised to carry out inspections, if need be. The panel has also ordered the colleges to send an undertaking to the MCI that they would adhere to the norms of the latter.
The decision will also give one final chance to these colleges to set up their infrastructure and develop the quality of medical education in the country.