Niti Aayog which is the think tank of the central government under the governance of PM Narendra Modi is entrusted to with tasks to restrict and prepare road map for the UGC and the AICTE. At present the Niti Aayog is working on the Medical Council of India (MCI).
A committee headed by the vice chairman of the Aayog, Arvind Panagariya, is working on restructuring of the MCI in view of the poor regulation of medical education by the body.
"Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has directed Niti Aayog to also work on restructuring the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as well a board looking after Homeopathy and Ayurvedic education in the country," a senior government official said.
This is on the same lines as that of the restructuring strategy for the MCI, he added.
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"The general consensus is that these organisation are needed to be made more relevant to the changing times today. Also it is felt that there is a need to make them more performance-oriented so that the quality of education also improves," the official said.
The panel has suggested that MCI should be scrapped from increasing the number of medical colleges in the country in the view for producing more doctors to satisfy the growing demand for healthcare services.
The committee has proposed to set up an altogether new body with three pronged approach - career, enterprise and ethics.
The committee even asked the government to exercise its constitutional authority and take decisive action to restructure and revamp the regulatory system of medical education and practice.