The “relaxing norms” of NMC for medical colleges?

The NMC has set up a policy that will lead to disturbance in medical education and push ahead the privatisation in the medical sector. This has increased the fear of experts and doctors. The ‘Draft Establishment of Medical College Regulations (Amendment) 2022’ had been posted on 19th September in the official website of NMC. After this alteration the universities as well as the deemed-to-be-universities will not have the necessity to fulfil the condition regarding ‘fully functional hospital for a minimum of two years’ to built new colleges of medicine. 

The commission has the aim to increase the number of doctors and medical colleges. The regulations totally depend on the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) and it will be in force soon.

New Medical Colleges

The amendment has said that the conditions will be by passed for the medical colleges and deemed to be universities who has established and running the hospitals and colleges. 

The relief will be given to those fulfilling the following conditions:

  1. The organisation should possess their own management for hospital and medical college.
  2. The organisation who is requesting for approval in NMC has to ensure that the building has not been used in any other purpose before the building of the hospital. 
  3. The medical colleges should possess a multi speciality hospital with capacity of minimum1000 beds.

Unaffordable Medical Education

The experts of medical education are in fear about the changes in private medical colleges. The fee is increasing in private colleges. This is the main reason for going abroad of medical aspirants. The proposed regulations are increasing privatisation. By this amendment the NMC is trying to enhance the healthcare system. 

In the month of August, NMC has applied for the WMFE (World Medical Education Federation). Failing this exam, the students will not be able to appear for the USMLE (United States Medical Licentiate Examination). 

MBBS needs hospital

A professor of AIIMS, Patna stated that the first year syllabus includes topics about pre—clinica methods and can be taught in classrooms. On the other hand, from the 2nd year, of the MBBS course, the students are provided with a posting in hospital daily. For this system, the organisation should require a hospital as well. The doctors must be confident to see patients and learn to treat their minor ailments confidently. In addition, the students of MBBS should learn the ethics, attitude and professionalism. 

NMC ‘Relaxing Norms’

The NMC has been decreasing their norms day by day for opening new medical colleges. The NMC has kept behind the rules for the land requirement of 25 acres for building a medical college.

Seats of Medical College

According the data of government, the medical colleges has been increasing in due course of time.

2013-14 2022-23 % Increase
Medical Colleges 387 612 36
UG Seats 51348 91927 79
PG Seats 31185 60202 93

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