A team from the National Medical Commission, consisting of 6 medical professionals, and monitored by the Union Health Ministry, conducted a surprise visit of 12 private medical colleges across 5 cities in India. 4 private medical colleges from Udaipur were in that list.
The Anantha Institute of Medical Sciences, American International Institute of Medical Sciences, Geetanjali Medical College and Pacific Institute of Medical Science (Umarda) were among this list. The other eight colleges were in Dhule, Jabalpur, Hyderabad and Chennai.
The team, being personally monitored by the Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandviya, conducted these surprise visits to review the institutes not meeting the prescribed minimum standard requirements. In the mission that began in mid-January, the team shut down one institute completely. Other institutes across the 5 cities where irregularities were found, have been given show-cause notice. A zero tolerance policy has been adopted by the ministry and there will be no compromise on the quality of health education, as per a statement from the Union Health Ministry. As per the NMC Acto 2019. it is compulsory for medical colleges to meet the minimum standad requirements prescribed by the NMC.
Several colleges were granted approval and recognition during the COVID-19 lockdown period, through video-conferencing, after which the NMC received many complaints against some of these institutes. On conducting this surprise inspection, the inspection team found several deficiencies viz, fewer patients than required to run a medical college, faculty did not match those mentioned on paper and several infrastructural lapses.
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