The National Medical Commission (NMC) on October 31 notified the 'Minimum Requirements For Annual MBBS Admissions Regulations 2020' which will be applicable to all the new medical colleges to be established and those that seek increase in their annual MBBS degree intake, the Health Ministry said.
It will also be applicable for those medical colleges which are being established from the academic session 2021-22 onwards.
Earlier, the newly-constituted NMC had put the draft regulations in public domain, seeking feedback from various stakeholders including students, college administrators and professors.
In a circular, the apex medical regulator set the deadline for comments on ‘Minimum Requirements for Annual MBBS Admissions Regulations, 2020’ and ‘Amendment to Establishment of Medical College Regulations’ as 5 pm on October 19.
The preamble to the draft regulations laid down the reasons as to why such a document is needed. "There is a necessity to re-cast medical education and training to enable the Medical Graduate to be able to effectively discharge their role as a physician in this changing world. The new demands on medical education also necessitate redefining the standards," it said.
The objective of these regulations is to prescribe for a medical college approved for admissions of MBBS students annually, the minimum requirements of accommodation in the college and its associated teaching hospitals, staff – both teaching and technical – and equipment in the college departments and hospitals.
The permission to establish a medical college and admit students may be granted initially for a period of one year and may be renewed on yearly basis subject to the achievement of annual targets, as specified by the regulator.
Physical verification of infrastructure, human resources, and other facilities shall be carried out for first renewal, third renewal and until recognition of the MBBS qualification awarded by the medical college is granted.
It added that it is the responsibility of the college authorities to apply to the Medical Assessment and Rating Board of the NMC for the purpose of renewal of their licence in accordance with the prescribed time schedule.
Further admissions shall not be made at any stage except the beginning of the academic year, unless the student fulfils the rules laid down in relevant 'Minimum Standard Requirement Regulations for Annual MBBS Admissions' and phase-wise requirements for grant of permission.