The Medical Council of India in yet another notification in February has reiterated that CMS & ED/ CMS diploma courses have not been prescribed in Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations. Thus, offering these courses by any institution or medical colleges is illegal and students so admitted shall not get recognized medical qualification entitling them to practice medicine, the Council said in recent notification. The apex medical education regulator had notified the same a couple of times in the last few years.
“It is hereby informed that under the provision of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prior permission of Central Government is required to establish a new medical college and impart courses in modern medicine. Such permission is granted by the Central Government on the recommendation of the Medical Council of India/Board of Governors in Supersession. The admissions made by any institution that imparts courses in modern medicine, namely, MBBS, or Diploma in various streams of medicine; MD/MS/DM/M.Ch without the prior permission of the Central Government is illegal and students so admitted shall not get recognized medical qualification entitling them to practice medicine,” the latest notification in issued early February, 2019.
It has recently come to the notice of the Medical Council of India that CMS & ED/ CMS diploma course has not been prescribed in Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000. It may be noted that these courses have not been accorded permission by the Central Government as statutorily required under Section lOA of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 Consequently, such qualifications are non-recognized and the holders thereof are not entitled to seek registration of Qualification/ Additional qualification with the concerned Medical Council. Thus, the offering of such Postgraduate courses in Modern Medicine is illegal and void ab initio.
By way of this notice as well as earlier notice issued by the Council on 28.09.2016 and 03.07.2018 all concerned are informed not to enroll themselves in such courses. All students/ parents/ general public are advised to check the status of medical colleges before taking admission in any of the medical courses in modern medicine, the MCI warned.
The updated list of medical colleges and the recognised courses in each of these institutions are available on the Medical Council of India website, i.e. www.mciindia.org along with the status of the college and number of seats approved/ permitted.
The MCI has also cautioned that only those holding recognized medical qualifications and enrolled on the State Medical Register are entitled to practice modern medicine.