Lately, 17 medical colleges in India have been caught in the act of employing “fake faculty” members. This is despite the many steps that have been taken to prevent such occurrences. This was brought to the notice of the Lok Sabha today. In a written reply, the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, announced that “show cause notices” have been issued to all the erring colleges.

All the medical colleges with the incident have been issued “show cause notices” by the government. The CBI, in a few cases, has taken stricter action by issuing charge sheets and sending self-contained notes to the Medical Council of India to take further action.

The MCI in turn has directed the authorities to remove the names of those fraudulent doctors from the Indian Medical Register. These cases pertain specifically to those doctors who have been included in the faculty of the college, but have never taught there.

The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, insisted that the institutes guilty of such fraudulent behavior would be punished. Under the Establishment of Medical College Regulations, 1999, these colleges wouldn’t be eligible for permission or recognition of both MBBS as well as their post-graduate degrees, for another 2 years.

To prevent further instances of malpractice the number of faculty members in every college would be counted every year, in addition to which the details of the teaching faculty member will be posted on the MCI website to make the process as transparent as possible.

Source: The Indian Express