The Indian Medical Degrees Act, 1916

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The Indian Medical Degrees Act was enacted on 16th March, 1916. The basic purpose in making this act was to accord inscriptive qualification in western medical science and belief to know and use of such by unqualified person of such inscriptive. For this act, “Western Medical Science means, western method of Allopathic medicine, Obstetrics and surgery but does not include Homeopathic or Ayurvedic or Unani system of medicine”

The States has right of confer, grant, or issue degrees, diplomas, licences, certificates or other documents which states or implicit that person who holds or is handed with such inscriptive is now entitle to practice western medical science as it will do as direct by state government by authorising it in schedule and notify in official gazette. Here it is necessary that state government has to authorise as person he himself cannot confer or authorise with inscriptive as it is totally prohibited.

If anyone breach the provisions lead in this act then such is punishable with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees and if breach is done in group or in association then every member who wilfully or unwillingly does such breach then such group or association is punishable with fine that may extend t          o five hundred rupees.

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If any person at its own discretion with false assumption use any inscriptive in his name stating his ownership issued by authorised person shall be punishable with fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees or he eventually commits and is convicted with offence then fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

No court shall take notice of an offence that is punished under this act, but compliant made by state government with sanction be counted. And thus, no inferior court that to presidency Magistrate or Magistrate of 1st class shall try offence that are punished under this act.

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by Samata. H. Joshi