It is indeed a red letter day for The Medical Council of India, a statutory body in charge of establishing and maintaining high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in India.
Dr. Jayshree Mehta , the former vice-chancellor of Vadodara's Sumandeep Vidyapeeth was elected unanimously as the first Woman President of The Medical Council of India (MCI) at the general body meeting of the apex body in New Delhi on Tuesday.
According to the communication on the MCI's official website, Dr C V Bhirmanandham was elected vice-president.
This appointment is indeed a rare honor in the history of The Medical Council of India for Dr Mehta who is the first woman president of MCI in 80 years since the council came into being.
The Gujarat government had nominated Dr Mehta to the MCI and she was elected unopposed during the recently reconstituted council's first general body meeting in New Delhi. Dr Mehta will be at the helm for two years. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jayashree Mehta expressed her wish to bring about positive changes in the medical education of India.
Dr Jayshree Mehta had earlier served as professor and head of surgery at Baroda Medical College of M S University, before she joined Sumandeep Vidyapeeth as vice-chancellor.
The MCI had come under the scanner after its president, Ketan Desai, the head of urology at B J Medical College and president of the Gujarat Medical Council, faced corruption charges by the CBI in 2010 for accepting a bribe to grant recognition to a private college. The MCI was split up in 2010.
It is at this time that the Board of governors took over the running of The Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Union health ministry had appointed 68 new members to enable smooth functioning of the council.