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The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) would now offer courses in medicine with foreign nationals on permanent faculty positions and students from abroad at the post graduate level.

The government decided to seek the approval of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the course.

No MCI approval would be required where IITs engage with inter-disciplinary research for the advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge not leading to a degree or qualification for the practice of medicine.

The council also decided to enable IITs to recruit foreign faculties which should not be more than 10 per cent of the total faculty strength.

Sibal said the meeting also agreed in principle to admit up to 25 per cent foreign students at the post graduate level on a “supernumerary basis without affecting the present admission norms for Indian students”.He said that as the field of medicine involves a large number of engineering techniques, the need for having medicine course at IITs was felt.

The MCI approval will be needed for awarding medical degrees, but it will not be required for research in allied fields.The changes in the pattern of engineering entrance exams had been proposed by the ministry earlier as well.The minister said there were suggestions that state-wise percentile given to students will be considered for the entrance.

“We are making sure that wherever the instruction leads to a degree relating to any branch of medicine, then of course clearances from Medical Council of India under the Act will have to be taken,” he added.

This will be a setback for IIT Kharagpur, whose plans to open its own medical college on its campus, in collaboration with the railways, were in an advanced stage.The provision for medical education has been dropped from the IIT Act amendment bill, which the Union cabinet cleared today, a senior HRD ministry official said. The bill seeks to grant statutory status to the eight new IITs so they can award degrees.

It also proposes to convert the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, into a full-fledged IIT.

“We are making sure that wherever the instruction leads to a degree relating to any branch of medicine, then of course clearances from MCI under the Act will have to be taken,” Sibal said.