Is this a systemic failure or that of MCI alone?

The recent expose pointing towards private colleges allegedly flouting rules and collecting capitation fee has suddenly shifted the focus on the Medical Council of India and its role in regulating medical colleges, and in the process, bringing unnecessary disrepute to the noble profession and the capability of Indian doctors.

Without commenting on the merits of the case involving the two Tamil Nadu colleges, one thing that can safely be assumed about the recent turn of events is that the malaise is in our academic system – which needs an overhaul – and not the approach of individuals.

In fact, the same can be said about other bodies regulating private institutions of higher education in other streams. The Bar Council of India, for instance, which oversees the functioning of private law colleges, has also been under the scanner of courts for its inability to discipline private law colleges which have failed to maintain high standards of education.  

So, is the case of other questions related to MCI and its working? Is it possible for a statutory body like MCI to be hijacked by its chief in the way it is being made out to be? Is the system so weak that other stakeholders like the Ministry of health and the HRD ministry can be taken for a ride to such an extent that all rules can be manipulated to suit individuals?

Waiting for your comments folks…

HEART TO HEART

I guess it was only a matter of time. It was only inevitable that I would get to the heart of the matter sooner or later. Well! The heart of the matter is that India is staring a ‘heart disease epidemic’ in the face. What is worrying is that Heart disease is increasingly affecting young people and women.

According to Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman – Cardiac Sciences, EHIRCL and founder of Heart to Heart Foundation, “As of now, Heart disease is the ‘Number one’ killer disease in India. This is singularly unfortunate particularly because heart disease is upto a great extent, preventable. Sadly, the awareness levels in the country as far as heart disease is concerned are appallingly low. It is to address concerns like these that the ‘Heart to Heart Foundation’ has been created. The avowed intention is to arrest the relentless march of heart disease through preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures.”

The foundation seeks to involve government, professional and social bodies across the board in helping evolve a strategy aimed at reducing the overall burden of heart disease. Multi – pronged interventions aimed at beating heart disease will include:

  • Raising awareness through mass media education programmes
  • Making advanced treatment options available and affordable to the needy and the poor.
  • Training citizens in the basic life – saving measures. (Known as the “ Beat Heart Attack” initiative)

Dr Ashok Seth affirms, “It is my hope that endeavours like this one will go a long way in helping blunt the deadly thrusts of the ‘number one’ killer disease.”

Don’t you agree?