MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA
The Medical Council of India (MCI) was established as a statutory body under the provision of the India Medical Council Act, 1933 which was later replaced by the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The IMC Act, 1956 was further amended in 2001. It is mandatory for obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Health and Family welfare for opening new medical colleges/increase of seats, starting of new courses in order to regulate the standard of medical education in the country. At present there are 283 medical colleges of which 205 have been recognized by MCI and 78 new medical colleges have been permitted by the Central Government to conduct MBBS course. The admission capacity in these colleges is approximately 30,588 students per year.