Health ministry likely to release notification to ease norms
The Union Health ministry is likely to release notification on regulation that provides the licence to institutions' to function with fewer students that fail to meet the eligibility criteria for clinical work and faculty strength.

Sources from the Union Ministry said the new norms are expected to be notified within 10 days. The notification, once on release shall provide 1-year approval to colleges that possess the required infrastructure to run the first year undergraduate course.

The new norms deviate from the Indian Medical Council (MCI) Act, 1956 that denies licences to run a medical college or add seats when institutions fail to meet the minimal requirements for infrastructure, faculty and clinical work, among others.

The proposed change in norms was also confirmed by BoG Chairman who remarked that “We have modified the rules. It can be called ease of business, as we aren’t flouting norms but only asking colleges falling short at, say, one level to admit students in proportion to their standards."

The proposal shall grant such medical colleges the approval to function with the condition that the number of students can be increased when the institution meets infrastructure requirements.

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