The Board of Governors (BOG) of the Medical Council of India (MCI) issued a warning for medical aspirants planning to pursue an MBBS course at Singhania University, Rajasthan. The university released an advertisement inviting applications for MBBS and other medical programmes, but the BoG details that the University has opened applications for this course without securing approval from the Central government.
In the notification, the secretary-general of the BoG, Dr. R K Vats, states, “The claim made by the Singhania University violates the provision of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and the regulations framed thereunder. Accordingly, any admissions that are made by the Singhania University, Pacheri Bari, Distt Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, in the courses of medicine (MBBS) is illegal and void ab initio.” which means “invalid right from the start.” Under the rules of the Indian Medical Council Act, prior permission is required for the establishment of new medical colleges and offered degrees in medicine. This means that if someone applies to an institution that did not get this approval, it will result in a degree that is not recognised as a medical qualification.
The notification further advises aspirants to visit the list of medical colleges which is available on the MCI website. It is updated to stay relevant. MCI also counters Singhania University’s claim that it is covered under a High Court judgement. It calls this claim frivolous and baseless and in violation of the law.