The Medical Council of India (MCI) has been reassembled with 68 members who were elected from various states and universities. The government has ejected seven-member board of governors who were appointed in May.
Making way for an elected body of the apex medical education regulator, it is all set to hold elections to the posts of president, vice president and none members of the Executive Council and three members for the post of Post-Graduate committee.
The newly elected body is likely to come into the act as per the Indian Medical Council Second Ordinance-2013, and will remain for the next four years.
Out of 68 members, 23 have been chosen by the central government in consultation with states, while one has been nominated by the centre representing the UT Administration of Daman & Diu.
Further, 29 members represent the universities/ health sciences universities, 7 members represent the registered medical graduated of states and another 8 members are nominated by the central government.
In total, the council will have 130 members. MCI being a statutory body is responsible of establishing and maintaining high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualification in India. Meanwhile, universities can elect a member to the MCI for every 10 medical colleges under it.
A gazette notification of the Health Ministry, which notified that the three-year tenure of the Board of Governors of MCI has expired said, "It has become necessary to go for reconstitution of the Board of Governors in accordance with the provisions of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2013 (11 of 2013), which was promulgated by the President on September 28, 2013, which came into force with effect from the May 15, 2013."
Government of India has reconstituted the Medical Council of India (MCI) on 6th November, 2013 with 68 members as per provisions contained in sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2013.
The government had approved the reconstitution of seven- member MCI with former Director General of Health Services R K Srivastava replacing K K Talwar as chairman of the council's Board of Governors.
However, the government has already moved a new bill in this regard which is yet to be passed in Parliament.