NMC Bill gets Cabinet nod

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to revamp medical education in the country, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has on Wednesday approved the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019. The bill is aimed at reforming India’s medical education system.The Bill that would be tabled in Parliament soon talks about mandating exit exam for entrance to postgraduate medical courses and as a screening test for foreign medical graduates. As per the bill, the common final year MBBS exam would be now be known as National Exit Test (NEXT) and will serve as a licentiate exam for PG entrance. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The Commission will also regulate fee and all other charges for 50 per cent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities. The Bill was contentious as it replaced the National Medical Commission with the Medical Council of India (MCI) and also repealed the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The Bill provides that the national entrance test, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), common counselling and NEXT will also be applicable to Institutes of National Importance (INIs) such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”Currently, we are having NEET and entrance exams for AIIMS etc. Now we will also have an exit exam that will be for everyone for getting a license to practice medicine in the country,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said while briefing the decision of the Cabinet. The Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) will conduct an assessment of the medical college and develop a system of ranking of medical colleges which would enable the students to choose a medical college wisely. “These measures through an autonomous commission will ensure a transparent admission process and also reduce admission fee, as we have long been talking about fee regulation in private colleges,” said Javadekar. The NMC will have four autonomous boards, namely Under-Graduate Medical Education Board, Post-Graduate Medical Education Board, Medical Assessment and Rating Board and Ethics and Medical Registration Board. “The NMC and respective boards will ensure a dynamic and modern educational environment, decreasing the emphasis on physical infrastructure, achieving the norms in global standards and an effective grievance redressal mechanism,” the minister said. Greater representation to elected members through State Medical Councils has been provided in the Medical Advisory Council and the Commission. The strength of autonomous boards has been increased from three to five and includes two part-time members. One of them will be a doctor selected by the government and the other will be an elected doctor from the State Medical Council.last_img read more