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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 796-800

Faculty promotions in medical institutions in India: Can we improve the criteria?

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, India
3 Department of Anaesthesiology, J. N. Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Madhuri S Kurdi
Department of Anaesthesiology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.193657

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Research publications are desirable for academic promotion in medical colleges as per the current rules of the Medical Council of India (MCI). These rules reflect an endeavour to improve the academic standards. We strongly believe that every medical college teacher should conduct true research and contribute to good peer-reviewed publications. However, it is felt that the MCI rule has the potential to lead to undesirable consequences, and the quality of teaching and learning could take a back-seat. There is an urgent need to adopt more objective criteria and better guidelines as followed by well-known global institutes. In our own country, the University Grants Commission has formulated specific guidelines for this purpose in the form of Academic Performance Indicators which, it appears, are not taken into consideration by the MCI. This article discusses the adverse impact of the rule and suggests ways for the adoption of a more scientific assessment system for faculty appointment and promotion.

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