Lateral entry into MBBS to more seats: Key takeaways from the draft education policy

If the suggestions made in draft National Education Policy 2019 gets accepted by the government then the Graduate students from nursing and dental backgrounds will get lateral entry into MBBS courses. The suggestions made in draft National Education Policy 2019 includes that the first one or two years of MBBS course will be common for all science graduates after which they can choose MBBS, BDS, nursing or other specialisations and for post graduations, it suggests to have a new centralised exit examination at the end of the fourth year of MBBS courses.

Here are some recommendations made by the draft national education policy committee.

  • The first year or two of the MBBS course would be the same for all science graduates after which they can choose MBBS, BDS, Nursing or other specialisations. Along with the core courses focused on specific systems, some other Common foundational courses based on medical pluralism should be added and the electives that encourage bridging across systems.
  • Lateral entry into the MBBS course will be allowed for the graduates from other medical disciplines such as nursing, dental etc. A medical education qualification framework to achieve this will be developed in conjunction with the NMC (National Medical Commission).
  • It is being advised to introduce a common exit examination for the MBBS at the end of the fourth year. This exam will play a dual role as it will be the entrance examination for admission into postgraduate programmes. This will also be applicable in dental education and other disciplines.
  • The sole entry-level qualification for nurses in the long term should be BSc Nursing.
  • In order to increase the seats in the healthcare sector, it is advised that about 600 district hospitals across India should be upgraded to teaching hospitals by investing in infrastructure for targeted medical specialities and in stationing adequately qualified teaching faculty.


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