RTI reveals MCI doesn't know whether its directives are implemented
The Medical Council of India (MCI) had issued a directive in 2012, whereby all medical institutes needed to allot 4% of the total academic hours of the first two years of MBBS course to sports, yoga and other extracurricular activities. This amounted to devoting almost 78 hours of the total 1,880 teaching hours of the first two years of MBBS to extracurricular activities.
In this regard, an application was filed with the MCI under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to know as to which medical colleges of Lucknow resorted to include yoga in their curriculum as per the guidelines. The applicant also wanted to know about the steps taken by the MCI to implement the guidelines. The reply from the Deputy Secretary and PIO of MCI has revealed that the council is ignorant of the implementation of its directives. The reply states that MCI doesn’t have any records regarding how many medical colleges were following its directives.
The applicant stated that the implementation of the guidelines would have helped in employment of many professionally qualified yoga teachers but it has not happened due to non-compliance of the guidelines by the colleges.