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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 295-298

Is a university competent to confer a “Recognized” medical degree or diploma in India

Legal Section Department, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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D Samuel Abraham
Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Section, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu - 632 004
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_75_17

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There have been several legal enactments in the Indian legal system that were put into force with the intention of standardizing and regulating medical education and the conferring of medical qualifications. There is a common misunderstanding that a medical degree or diploma is recognized or is legally valid if it is provided by a university. However, from a legal standpoint, while Indian Universities may provide medical education courses, they are not fully competent and cannot independently confer a degree/diploma on their own, unless they have obtained sanction from the Medical Council of India and Central government. No medical professional can suffix the name of the Diploma/Degree/Certificate after their name in the business card or seal if they are not approved by both MCI and Central Government. The issue of a Medical Degree or Medical Diploma by a University without the approval of the Central Government and the Medical Council of India (MCI) will be incomplete and invalid legally.

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