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National Medical Commission to replace Medical Council of India

 

 

NMC to swap MCI – new body, new reforms for medical education in Indian

 
The Health Ministry moved a cabinet note on July 5 on the bill that seeks to establish a new, transparent body, the National Medical Commission (NMC) that will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), current regulator of medical education in the country.
 
The draft bill that is going to bring reform in the area of medical education was approved by a Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister. This reform included the introduction of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses.
 
The bill was originally drafted by a committee set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The committee included Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, PK Mishra; then Health Secretary, BP Sharma; and CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant.
 

The reforms of the NMC Bill are:

 

  •    The NMC bill will disintegrate MCI into four independent boards. These boards will be dealing with medical education, checking and rating the medical institutes, enforcing medical ethics, and registering practitioners.
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  •    The bill will also introduce an exit examination, the National Licentiate Examination for all MBBS graduates that will be compulsory to take for getting the practicing license. The exam is meant to assess the medical graduates. The exam will be similar to the NEET for postgraduate admission. Currently, CBSE is conducting NEET-UG and NEET-PG for admission to medical courses.
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  •    The original bill was against picking the members of the commission through elections. The new draft, however, proposes that the out of the 29 NMC members, 9 can be selected through the election.

 
The Bill will replace the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956. This decision was taken after the conclusion that MCI had become a corrupt body.
 
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