The draft National Educational policy in the latest series of steps have pushed commercialisation of medical education. The medical fraternity, students, activists the state government have gave it free hand to decide the fees. And just in couple of months the college was found deficit and the Medical Council of India refused to further intake in July.
Accordingly, a consortium, if clarified, could be group to be called if two or four including a society, trust, deemed University who have entered into the MOU to allow set up of medical colleges imparting high quality of education. Further the notification claimed that the object is to invite greater participation from the private sector in establishing medical colleges and imparting high quality education and training facilities without compromising the standards of medical education.
However, this is not only about producing more doctors but with no fee regulation in the private sector, there is also question of standards of medical education. India’s experience has been that regulation of private colleges has failed miserably as observed by the parliamentary committee. However this move is viewed by many heath activists as a way for private entities to use public hospitals to start medical colleges through MoU’s with a consortium.