Medical Colleges Risk Missing Out on New Courses Due to Late Filings

The Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued a final warning to medical colleges regarding deadlines for submitting compliance reports and Standard Assessment Forms (SAFs). This public notice is dated April 24, 2024.

These compliance reports and SAFs are crucial for starting or expanding undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical courses for the academic year 2024-25.

NMC has stated in its notice that it has issued several communications to medical colleges. These communications were made in reference to applications received from Medical Institutions to start or increase of PG medical courses/seats and establishment of new college/enhancement of UG seats for the Academic Year 2024-25.

Additionally, the NMC through a notice dated April 3, 2024, requested Medical Institutions to furnish the Compliance Report and SAF. Moreover, the NMC also noticed that several medical institutions had erroneously submitted Self-Assessment Forms (SAF) and compliance reports based on the Minimum Standard of Requirements for Postgraduate Courses (PGMSR) 2023 document. These medical colleges were requested to resubmit applications by April 17, 2024.

NMC has observed that despite previous notices, some colleges haven’t submitted the required documents. Therefore it has categorically emphasized that all compliance reports and SAFs for both UG and PG courses must be submitted by April 30, 2024.

Applications received after this date will not be processed for the 2024-25 academic year, and colleges risk disapproval without further communication.

What are Compliance Reports and SAFs?

  • These documents are used by MARB-NMC to assess a college’s readiness to offer new or expanded medical programs.
  • Compliance reports detail how a college meets the prescribed standards and requirements.
  • SAFs provide a structured evaluation of the college’s infrastructure, faculty, and other resources.

Importance of Timely Submission

  • Timely submission allows MARB-NMC to conduct proper evaluations before the new academic year.
  • Delays can disrupt planning for new courses and potentially impact student enrollment.

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