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Harsh Vardhan calls for reforms in MCI

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, Feb 18 � Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan today said the Medical Council of India (MCI) needs reform and there must be more transparency in terms of its functioning.

Vardhan, who was earlier the Union Health Minister and is also a medical practitioner, said that the MCI has the potential to function better. �It could have functioned better. I feel that the MCI has to be more transparent in terms of its functioning,� Vardhan said.

The Union Minister was responding to questions posed by journalists after the Director of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) AH Ahangar launched a scathing attack against the MCI calling it a �sick institution� during his address in the presence of the Union Minister.

Ahangar said the MCI is the �road block� for medical education and research in the country and said the �sick institution� must be urgently reformed.

He said the MCI �must be taken care of� which in turn would help medical education and research in India. �If MCI is taken care of then medical education in India would be much better and India would not only be able to take care of itself but would also be able to export manpower to the rest of the world by 2050,� he added.

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