Doctors move High Court against MCI derecognition

Bombay High Court (HC) sought help of attorney general Goolam Vahanvati and advocate general Darius Khambata Thursday to decide a petition filed by a group of doctors denied registration by the government saying their degrees, obtained from state-run colleges, were not recognised by Medical Council of India (MCI).

A division bench of justices S J Vazifdar and Mridula Bhatkar said it was "embarrassing" that government-run medical colleges were offering unrecognised courses jeopardising careers of several doctors.

HC asked the state government, the Centre and MCI to together find a solution.

Arguing for the aggrieved doctors, lawyers V M Thorat and Pooja Thorat said several students who got degrees in 1999 were suffering because MCI refused to recognise over 44 medical courses in the state. They said several government medical colleges in the state were offering courses not recognised or de-recognised by MCI.

A doctor who obtained a master of surgery degree in orthopedics from Institute of Naval Medicine, affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, urged HC to direct MCI to recognise the course. He also sought compensation from the respondents for ruining his career.

The peititoners claimed at the time of admission, they were told an application had been made for recognition of the course and that it would be granted soon.

A 2007 petition, which was later converted into a PIL, had informed the court that state-run colleges were offering 84 courses de-recognised by MCI. Of the 84 courses, 44 had not been recognised by MCI till 2009.

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