NEW DELHI: The
on Monday extended the deadline for getting permission to open
new medical colleges
or increase of seats in existing colleges by three months to August 31 as the Board of Governors, appointed by the SC superseding
the Medical Council of India
, expressed inability to complete the process of granting permission by May 31 deadline.
Appearing for the Board of Governors, advocate Gaurav Sharma told a bench of Justices R F Nariman, Navin Sinha and B R Gavai that because of the lockdown the MCI's Board of Governors and officials of MCI could not carry out the required inspection of institutions seeking permission to start new medical colleges or the request of existing medical colleges to increase the intake of students in
for the academic year 2020-21.
Sharma said that the deadline for granting permission to open new medical colleges offering
or those seeking increase in intake of students for MBBS has been directed by the SC to be May 31. But, owing to closure of most offices due to lockdown, the inspection of infrastructure, faculty and facilities could not be completed. He sought extension of time till August 31, which the court agreed to.
In addition to this, the SC also agreed to extend the deadline for grant of permission to start super-speciality courses in medical colleges till July 15 and that for starting
PG medical courses
till July 31.