With the new regulation Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulation, 1998, now Medical Council of India (MCI) will allow all medical colleges and institutions.
The rule won’t apply to institutions like AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh or JIPMER in Puducherry. The old regulation didn’t allow individuals to teach in medical institutions.
“Every college has a basic contingent of teachers and there is a room for improvement without hampering the existing setup. The amendment can be seen as a top-up scheme to improve the quality of education by inviting experienced doctors to the classrooms,” said MCI Chairman, VK Paul to new agency.
The regulation also requires candidates or private practitioners should have a minimum qualification of postgraduate degree for appointment in the concerned speciality and a minimum of eight years of work experience in the concerned speciality after obtaining the postgraduate degree. The minimum age of the person of the faculty shall be 70 years.
The notification, issued on December 18, reads: “With a view to enhancing the comprehensiveness and quality of teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical departments, medical colleges/medical institutions can appoint additional faculty members on a part-time basis who would be known as “visiting faculty. The College may provide an honorarium to the Visiting Faculty.”