Dr.Ketan desai

Contributions

Conferences/ Workshops/ Inaugurations...

  

Organized Annual Conference
of USI in 1989 at
Tagor Hall in Ahmedabad

  

Organized Laparoscopic Workshop in association with Ahmedabad Urological Association at Cama Hall, New Civil Hospital Campus, Ahmedabad in December, 1999

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Presentations...

Global Warming


Emerging Opportunities

 

Coping With Shortages - Experience of India

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Affiliated Organizations...

  

Medical Council of India, New Delhi

  

Indian Medical Association, New Delhi

  

Gujarat Medical Council

  

World Medical Association

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Speeches...

  

To Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat on Platinum Jubilee celebration of Medical Council of India

  

The effect of globalization and Market Economy on Medical / Healthcare

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Articles

Source: financialexpress.com

INTERVIEW : DR KETAN DESAI
‘A key area is projecting an academic face of the MCI’

Anecdotal references leads one to believe that the Medical Council of India (MCI), a statutory body regulating existing and new medical colleges across the country, is unpopular not only with institutions that need to work within its parameters but even with the ones that do not. This is of concern, especially because of the breadth of control vested with the Council which also maintains the “All India Medical Register” with a comprehensive list of people holding recognised medical qualification, or those who are registered with any of the state medical councils or MCI. In an email exchange with FE, Dr Ketan Desai, president of the MCI responded to questions regarding the Council’s reputation.

Why does MCI have such a controversial reputation?

The council is a regulatory authority expected to ensure stringent enforcement of prescribed norms for standard building in medical education. Because any compromise thereof, would not only result in generation of ‘compromised health professional’, but would also end up in adversely affecting the health care services in a big way. The stakes in medical education are high basically because private capital has come to stay in medical education in big way. Amongst several seekers for initiation of the medical institutions, for want of desired infrastructure, personnel and other things, good number of applications are turned down. It is these ‘refusals’, which are the cause of generation of an ill feeling and ending up in reckless criticism of the Council.

What are the areas that the organisation is struggling with?

The organisation is basically struggling with the intermittent position taken by the Government of India, wherein the recommendations of the MCI, which are borne out of its technical expertise are overruled by the ministry without assigning any cogent or credible reasons as to what have been availed by them towards the same. Likewise, the areas with which the Council is struggling pertain to accreditation of medical institutions in the country, incorporation of the concept of re-registration of registered medical practitioners in the Indian Medical Register, on the basis of the award of credit hours, prescribing of service and working conditions for medical teachers in the country including payable wage structure for them like University Grants Commission in case of higher education and allocation of ‘developmental funds’, resulting in the desired development of medical institutions and medical education.

What is MCI’s reputation amongst its constituent colleges?

The perception about the MCI amongst all the medical institutions in the country is that of an effective regulator, which does not just do ‘policing job’ but ends up in ‘polishing’ them for inculcation of better standards.

What are some key areas that MCI is going to work on going forward?

The key areas include projection of an ‘academic face’ of the MCI, so as to ensure incorporation of global standards. Continuous generation of innovations in teaching, leaning and evaluation process, tools, techniques and methodologies of teaching, updates of course contents, periodic training of trainers and incorporating quality assurances in an entire gamut of medical education.

What are some of the accomplishments of the MCI in the last 18 to 24 months?

Year 2008 was the platinum jubilee year of the MCI. During the period 27 themes were chosen which were of vital concern having an impact on the fate and future of medical education and were circulated amongst all the medical institutions in the country for holding of symposia/ seminar/ workshop on any one of the themes. 195 institutional workshops were held and also 13 regional workshops were organized on these themes. The deliberations and recommendations were compiled in the souvenir, specially brought out towards commemoration of platinum jubilee celebrations of MCI. Other initiatives are in the area of curriculum updates, faculty development, recognition of accreditation availed in India by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation of USA.

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Date: 7 July 2009

Strange are the ways of functioning in the power corridors, so it seems. Instead of curing the disease, its symptoms are treated more often than not. When the issue of the capitation fee in medical colleges erupted in the media, suddenly the powers-to-be wanted to be seen in the media with their own wish list. Not only an ambitious blue print for reforms in the higher education mooted out, it was conveniently leaked to the media as well. The moot point here is what was the need to have a super regulator in the first place.

This attempt to remote control the academic institutions is nothing but an anti thesis of democracy, where the jurisdiction of independent bodies is being curtailed. After all, democracy is the art of decentralization of the power and not to decentralize it. If there are reports of corruption in states, should it mean that the centre should take charge of the states as well? What is the guarantee that the proposed super regulatory authority will be corruption free?

The basic tenet of democracy and the conventional wisdom suggests that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If there has not been a fool proof system in the admission procedure of medical colleges despite of so many regulatory bodies playing their role, how will the new super regulator do it without any check and balance mechanism.

Actually the whole business of getting into independent bodies is borne out of the desire to control the institutions. Not very long ago, the then Union Health Minister A Ramdoss tried his best to control the All India Institute of Medical Sciences by curtailing the wings of then AIIMS chief Dr Venugopal Rao. The move failed, thanks to the apex court intervention. And now is there another move to take control of the independent bodies, like the Medical Council of India, the University Grants Commission and the Bar Council of India. However, conventional wisdom would suggest that the centralization of power only adds to more corruption, but then probably wisdom has no place in the megalomaniac society.


Source: Modish
Date: 26 May 2009

President of the MCI Dr. Ketan Desai says, "A key area is projecting an academic face of the MCI" :

Anecdotal references leads one to believe that the Medical Council of India (MCI), a statutory body regulating existing and new medical colleges across the country, is unpopular not only with institutions that need to work within its parameters but even with the ones that do not. This is of concern, especially because of the breadth of control vested with the Council which also maintains the “All India Medical Register” with a comprehensive list of people holding recognised medical qualification, or those who are registered with any of the state medical councils or MCI. In an email exchange with FE, Dr Ketan Desai, president of the MCI responded to questions regarding the Council’s reputation.

Why does MCI have such a controversial reputation?

The council is a regulatory authority expected to ensure stringent enforcement of prescribed norms for standard building in medical education. Because any compromise thereof, would not only result in generation of ‘compromised health professional’, but would also end up in adversely affecting the health care services in a big way. The stakes in medical education are high basically because private capital has come to stay in medical education in big way. Amongst several seekers for initiation of the medical institutions, for want of desired infrastructure, personnel and other things, good number of applications are turned down. It is these ‘refusals’, which are the cause of generation of an ill feeling and ending up in reckless criticism of the Council.

What are the areas that the organisation is struggling with?

The organisation is basically struggling with the intermittent position taken by the Government of India, wherein the recommendations of the MCI, which are borne out of its technical expertise are overruled by the ministry without assigning any cogent or credible reasons as to what have been availed by them towards the same. Likewise, the areas with which the Council is struggling pertain to accreditation of medical institutions in the country, incorporation of the concept of re-registration of registered medical practitioners in the Indian Medical Register, on the basis of the award of credit hours, prescribing of service and working conditions for medical teachers in the country including payable wage structure for them like University Grants Commission in case of higher education and allocation of ‘developmental funds’, resulting in the desired development of medical institutions and medical education.

What is MCI’s reputation amongst its constituent colleges?

The perception about the MCI amongst all the medical institutions in the country is that of an effective regulator, which does not just do ‘policing job’ but ends up in ‘polishing’ them for inculcation of better standards.

What are some key areas that MCI is going to work on going forward?

The key areas include projection of an ‘academic face’ of the MCI, so as to ensure incorporation of global standards. Continuous generation of innovations in teaching, leaning and evaluation process, tools, techniques and methodologies of teaching, updates of course contents, periodic training of trainers and incorporating quality assurances in an entire gamut of medical education.

What are some of the accomplishments of the MCI in the last 18 to 24 months?

Year 2008 was the platinum jubilee year of the MCI. During the period 27 themes were chosen which were of vital concern having an impact on the fate and future of medical education and were circulated amongst all the medical institutions in the country for holding of symposia/ seminar/ workshop on any one of the themes. 195 institutional workshops were held and also 13 regional workshops were organized on these themes. The deliberations and recommendations were compiled in the souvenir, specially brought out towards commemoration of platinum jubilee celebrations of MCI. Other initiatives are in the area of curriculum updates, faculty development, recognition of accreditation availed in India by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation of USA.

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• INTERVIEW : DR KETAN DESAI
‘A key area is projecting an academic face of the MCI’



Anecdotal references leads one to believe that the Medical Council of India (MCI), a statutory body regulating existing and new medical colleges across the country...
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• No UGC, No MCI, No Bar Council; Minister to have his own way


Source: track2media.blogspot.com
Date: 7th July, 2009

Strange are the ways of functioning in the power corridors, so it seems. Instead of curing the disease, its symptoms are treated more often than not.
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• MCI does not have any role in monitoring admissions or fee structure of private colleges.


Source: Thesynergyonline.com
Date: 16th June, 2009

The monitoring of the admissions in private medical colleges is entrusted to the "Admission Monitoring Committee" which...


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