MCI has no power to grant recognition to medical colleges

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The Medical Council of India (MCI) is not empowered to grant recognition to medical colleges and this power lies with the Central government, said Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir.
The bench said “No provision is available under the Act relating to grant of recognition of a medical college/institution, as Section 10A speaks only of permission and not recognition”. The bench set aside the Delhi High Court’s order, which held that permission granted by the Council to run a medical college amounts to recognition.
“We are unable to agree with the reasoning of either the learned single judge or the division bench of the high court in arriving at the finding that once permission had been granted under Section 10A of the Act, it would amount to grant of recognition and, thereafter, the medical college/institution, was free to enhance the number of seats without the permission either of the Council or the Central Government,”