Medical Council of India
SuccessorNational Medical Commission
Formation1933; 91 years ago (1933)
Dissolved25 September 2020[1]
Legal statusAbolished
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Main organ
AffiliationsMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

The Medical Council of India (MCI) was a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India until its dissolution on 25 September 2020 when it was replaced by National Medical Commission.[1] The Council granted recognition of medical qualifications, gave accreditation to medical schools, granted registration to medical practitioners, and monitored medical practice in India. The MCI faced persistent criticism for corruption.[2][3][4][5]

The Supreme Court of India authorized the Central Government to replace the medical council and to monitor the medical education system in India with the help of five specialized doctors from July 2017.

The NITI Aayog recommended the replacement of Medical Council of India (MCI) with National Medical Commission (NMC). First approved by most states, followed by the Prime Minister, the NMC bill was passed into law by parliament and approved by the president on 8 August 2019.[6][7][8] Once the National Medical Commission came into being on 25 September 2020, the 87-year old Medical Council of India was automatically dissolved[9] and the Indian Medical Council Act stood abolished.


The Medical Council of India was first established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933. The council was later reconstituted under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 that replaced the earlier Act.

The Council granted recognition of medical qualifications, gave accreditation to medical schools, granted registration to medical practitioners, and monitored medical practice in India.

The MCI faced persistent criticism for corruption.[2][3][4][5] The growth of privately run medical colleges, starting in the 1980s, presented a major regulatory challenge for the MCI.[10] Frontline reported that corruption in the MCI was exacerbated by the amendment of 1993 (Section 10A) that gave powers to the MCI to endorse or decline the establishment of new colleges and courses in India.[11] After 1993, the MCI neglected to maintain the Indian Medical Register (IMR) of registered medical practitioners in the country.[11] Author Sanjeev Kelkar writes that the election process of the MCI was faulty since "those who are to be regulated get elected as the regulator."[2]

In 2001, the Dehli High Court ordered the removal of the MCI president Ketan Desai after concluding that the organization suffered from a high level of corruption[4] with Desai found guilty of corruption and abuse of power.[12] Desai returned to the MCI in 2007 and was again appointed president in 2009.[4]

The MCI was dissolved by the President of India on 15 May 2010 following the arrest of MCI's president Ketan Desai by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) on 22 April 2010.[13] Desai, alleged middle-man J. P. Singh and doctors Sukhwinder Singh and Kanwaljit Singh, were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.[14][15][11] The CBI recovered 1.5 kg of gold and 80 kg of silver from Desai's premises. Further, gold worth ₨ 35 lakhs were recovered from Desai's bank lockers in Ahmedabad.[16] Desai, the head of urology at B J Medical College and president of the Gujarat Medical Council was caught by the CBI for accepting a bribe of 2 crores to grant recognition to a private college.[17] Desai was removed from the MCI and his registration cancelled.[18]

The council was superseded by the President of India and its functions entrusted to a Board of Governors, notified on 13 May 2011.

The MCI was reconstituted on 6 November 2013.[19]

Replacement by National Medical Commission (NMC)

Main article: National Medical Commission

The NITI Aayog, an Indian government think tank, presented a draft towards a new National Medical Commission (NMC) in 2016.[9] Restructuring and reforming the MCI was also the subject of a 2017 report that was part of the Brookings India Impact Series.[5] The Supreme Court of India authorized the Central Government to replace the MCI and to utilize a team of five specialized doctors to monitor the nation's medical education system, from July 2017. The Central Information Commission stated that the MCI had failed to disclose requested meeting notes and membership records surrounding the suspension records of Desai in 2017, and would not furnish the requested qualifications of professors and doctors who inspected medical colleges for the MCI since 2013.[19]

The government of India issued an ordinance on 26 September 2018 to divest the functions of the MCI and replace it with a seven member board of governors.[20] The National Medical Commission (NMC) was brought in to replace Medical Council of India (MCI) through an ordinance issued in January, 2019 by the President of India. The National Medical Commission Bill was re-introduced in the Lok Sabha on 22 July 2019.[21] The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 30 July 2019 and by the Rajya Sabha on 1 August 2019. The National Medical Commission Act, 2019 came into force on 8 August 2019.[22]

On 25 September 2020 the MCI was dissolved and replaced by the National Medical Commission.[9]

Functions of the council

The main functions of the MCI were listed as:


During the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Medical Council of India made necessary guidelines for the telemedicine in India which had previously been considered unethical. These regulations helped patients to consult their doctors during the pandemic without the need to visit the hospital.[23]

State Medical Councils

MCI Online

"MCI Online" was the portal of the Medical Council of India for online processing of applications for registration (of medical qualifications) and for professional certificates. "MCI Online" also provided online search of the Indian Medical Register. Medical Council of India was superseded vide Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 (Ordinance 8 of 2018) dated 26.09.2018, by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors assumed the functions of the Medical Council of India on 26.09.2018 AN.


See also


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  2. ^ a b c Kelkar, Sanjeev (19 February 2021). India's Private Health Care Delivery: Critique and Remedies. Springer Nature. ISBN 978-981-15-9778-7.
  3. ^ a b "Indian Medical Association protests against proposal to dissolve Medical Council of India". The Hindu. 16 November 2016. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d Nagarajan, Rema (16 March 2019). "Two decades of attempts to cleanse medical education and its regulator the MCI". Times of India. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Ravi, Shamika; Gupta, Dhruv; Williams, Jaclyn (11 August 2017). "Restructuring the Medical Council of India". Brookings. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  6. ^ "President Kovind gives assent to National Medical Commission Bill". 9 August 2019. Archived from the original on 16 January 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2023.
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  8. ^ "Medical Council of India is soon to be National Medical Commission". Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Tandon, Aditi (25 September 2020). "MCI goes, National Medical Commission takes charge". Tribune News Service. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  10. ^ Sriram, V; Keshri, V; Kumbhar, K (18 August 2021). "The impact of colonial-era policies on health workforce regulation in India: lessons for contemporary reform". Human Resources for Health. 19 (1): 100. doi:10.1186/s12960-021-00640-w. ISSN 1478-4491. PMC 8371885. PMID 34407831.
  11. ^ a b c Ramachandran, R. (4 June 2010). "Doctor in the dock". Frontline. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  12. ^ Sharma, Rohit (15 December 2001). "Head of the Medical Council of India removed for corruption". BMJ: British Medical Journal. 323 (7326): 1385. doi:10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1385. ISSN 0959-8138. PMC 1121855. PMID 11744556.
  13. ^ Ganesan, S. (2011). Many a Hard Nut: Key Social Issues and Remedies. Gyan Publishing House. p. 211. ISBN 978-81-212-1097-3.
  14. ^ "Court extends judicial custody of Ketan Desai by 14 days". The Hindu. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  15. ^ Dhar, Aarti (15 May 2010). "President signs ordinance on MCI". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  16. ^ Chauhan, Neeraj (27 April 2010). "CBI: Desai owns 10 houses". Indian Express. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  17. ^ Stecklow, Steve; MacAskill, Andrew; Kalra, Aditya (30 July 2015). "Indian doctor's legal troubles bedevil global medical-ethics body". Reuters. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  18. ^ "Why is MCI secretive about charges against Dr Ketan Desai?". National Herald. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  19. ^ a b "CIC to Medical Council of India: Disclose Ketan Desai's medical registration status". The Indian Express. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  20. ^ Bagcchi, Sanjeet (4 October 2018). "Indian government dissolves Medical Council of India". BMJ. 363: k4166. doi:10.1136/bmj.k4166. ISSN 0959-8138. PMID 30287507. S2CID 52922367.
  21. ^ Singhania, Meghna A. (10 June 2019). "Replacing MCI: National Medical Commission Bill to be Reintroduced in the Coming Session of Lok Sabha". Medical Dialogues.
  22. ^ "Medical Council of India ordinance reissued". Economic Times. Press Trust India. 13 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Telemedicine Practice Guidelines" (PDF). MOHFW. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.