The National Medical Commission Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 22. The Bill appeals for replacing the Medical Council of India with a new body- National Medical Commission. The Commission will regulate medical education in India.
With the intention to relief medical students wanting to pursue post-graduate courses, the Union Health Ministry has proposed to scrap NEET-PG and instead the final MBBS examination results would be pre-requisite for seeking admission to MD and MS programs.
The modification has been integrated into the revised draft National Medical Commission Bill which would be sent to the cabinet soon.
The rectifications made in the fresh NMC Bill will facilitate the admissions in the PG programs based on the results of the National Exit Test(NEXT). NEXT would now be held as a common exam across the country. So, candidates won’t be required to appear in a separate exam after clearing the MBBS final exam for admission to PG courses as well as to obtain a license for practicing.
However, it will be mandatory for candidates to clear separate paper for seeking the admission to PG programs at AIIMS. Also, the NEET Super Speciality exam, which is a national-level entrance exam for admission in DM/MCh courses, will continue as earlier.
Every year approximately 80,000 students take admission into MBBS courses in almost 480 medical colleges in the country, while 1.5 lac students appear for entrance exams for admission to around 50,000 PG seats.
The first version of the Bill also proposed a National-level licentiate exam for all MBBS graduates for getting the license to practice in India. But later on, it was removed due to the strong protest by several doctor bodies.
A Bridge Course for Ayush practitioners to practice modern medicine to a limited extent, a provision which found a place in the NMC Bill introduced in 2017, has been also eliminated.