New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Medical Council of India to post on its web site the assessment reports of medical colleges inspected by it as part of its obligations under the suo motu disclosure clause of the Right to Information Act.

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi also directed the medical education regulator in the country to make public whether the application of a medical college for recognition has been approved or rejected by placing the details on its web site.

Acting on a complaint that the MCI is not fulfilling its statutory obligations under section four of the RTI Act which mandates suo motu disclosure by public authorities, Gandhi directed it to place these two details on its web site.

During the hearing, the MCI cited the problem of displaying the assessment report in its entirety since it could comprise thousands of pages.

"After discussions it appears that the Assessment Report which captures essential data would suffice. In view of this, it was agreed that the Public Authority would display the assessment report and whether the application has been approved or rejected by 30 July of each year where applicable," Gandhi pointed out.

He said in some cases, if an extension has been obtained from the central government for the approval, the information would be displayed within one month of the end of the extension period.

"This would reduce the load of RTI applications being filed with each institution as information would be freely available to citizens and they would not have to apply for it," he said while asking the MCI to comply with the directions by March 10 next year.

(Agencies)