Is a person entitled to prefix the designation ‘Professor in Medicine’ after getting the scale of Professor?
The appellant desired to know whether he is entitled to prefix the designation Professor in Medicine after getting the scale of Professor. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information stating that it was not within the ambit of information as defined in section 2(1)(f). During the hearing, the respondent submitted that the appellant is expecting the PIO to determine the eligibility of a person. The PIO explained that there is process in Medical Council of India (MCI) to determine such eligibility. He also submitted that he has sent a proforma for determining eligibility of the candidate for holding a Teaching Position in a Medical College. However, appellant has not sent the relevant proforma to MCI.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that the appellant had not sought any information as defined under section 2(f) “information” means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force; of the RTI Act and hence no information could be provided.
It would have been appropriate for the appellant to fill the proforma and send to the MCI. In the first place, asking the criteria / eligibility norms from the MCI for the designation of ‘Professor in Medicine’ would have been appropriate on the part of appellant.
Citation: Mr. Rahul Kumar v. Medical Council of India in Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2012/001424/19471
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/483
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