CABINET CLEARS BILL TO MAKE NATIONAL EXIT TEST MUST FOR MEDICAL PRACTICE
In order to bring uniform system for organising the medical examination in the country, the union government is planning to convert the final year exam of MBBS course as a dual- purpose examination. Firstly, it would be final year exam for the medical graduates and secondly, it will be used as entrance into the post graduate medical courses. It can also be considered as the screening test for the foreign medical graduates. This is named as the National Exit Test.
The cabinet has approved the National Medical Commission Bill on 17th July,2019. If the bill is passed then Indian Medical Council Act 1956 will be revoked resulting in the replacement of medical council of India by a National Medical Commission.
If we talk about the structure of the National Medical Commission, there are 4 boards that come under the National Medical Commission. These are as follows:
- Undergraduate Medical Education Board
- Post Graduate Medical Education Board
- Medical Assessment and Rating Board
- Ethics and Medical Registration Board
The commission will also have the right of deciding the fees structure and other charges for around half of the seats in the private medical colleges and deemed universities.
The main aim of the bill is to maintain uniformity in the medical examination in all the states of the country. Since, it has been observed that students face a lot of problem due to different ways in which the exams are held in different states. This leads to more confusion in the mind of the candidate. The main purpose is to have a common entrance test for the MBBS admissions. National Exit Test (NEXT) will be applied to all the institutes including the AIIMS and other medical institutes which were following their own policies for the MBBS admissions.