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Why National Medical Commission may be a boon for Medical Education

Why National Medical Commission may be a boon for Medical Education

New Delhi: With the cabinet paving way for a new apex education regulator in the form of the National Medical Commission by consenting to a bill calling for the replacement of the Medical Council of India(MCI), by the new body, it has also made way for certain reforms in the existing policies of Medical Education.

The bill proposes many changes in the functioning of the apex medical regulator, many in stark contrast to the current functioning of the MCI, especially when it comes to the regulations on medical colleges offering new course.

The prominent one being that the NMC Bill allows colleges to introduce postgraduate courses on their own, unlike in the MCI Act which sought separate permissions be granted for them, after UG clearances. This important development will not only pave way for additional seats and more specialists in the country but also bring about the much-needed reform to overcome doctor shortages in the country. This reversal is directed towards end to the existing corrupt practices during the approval and inspections at private medical colleges. College managements are believed to pay hefty amounts to the inspecting officials for college clearances.

The other refreshing change is the NMC being empowered to determine fees for up to 40% seats, thereby, increasing the say of the government in fixing of fee and providing cover for the economically weaker sections of students wanting to pursue medical education in the country. The MCI act did not provide any fee leverage to the government. It was this significant bar on the government in the fees sector by the MCI Act that had led Prime Minister Modi in a health review call for a ban on the Council, as reported by the TOI.

Another significant change that the National Medical Commission Bill ushers in is the imposition of penalty ten times that of the tuition fee for not meeting up to MCI’s  norm requirements by colleges.  This comes to replace the earlier MCI Act provision that rules out the MCI’s renewal nod and admission cancellations. This modification will protect student interests who suffered due to debarment of course renewals and admission cancellations.

Another change worth mentioning include that the Medical  Council Act earlier, called for its nod in cases related to the establishment of new institutions/renewal and recognition of courses and increase of UG intake. The National Medical Commission has limited permission requirement for establishment and recognition in the case of UG courses; doing away with annual renewal and allowing an automatic increase in seats.

The above changes that come in with the introduction of the  National Medical Commission are a step towards introducing transparency in the wake of corruption, more specifically in cases of admission and increase of seats in medical colleges reports TOI.

 A four-member Committee headed by the Niti Aayog, Vice Chairman was responsible for drafting the NMC Bill. The bill also suggests clearance of a common entrance exam and licentiate exam for medical graduates in order to be able to practice, stated officials. The exit exam will also be treated as an entrance exam for PG courses. With NEET for selection to the MBBS course and the exit exam multiplicity of examinations for medical aspirants will meet its end, as well.

Source: with inputs
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  1. Sir , India barely needs postgraduates -specialists and superspecialists , especially the need is evident in certain specialisations like oncology, radiotherapy and hematology but not only.If we can have well qualified specialists say from European Union where medical education standards are maintained by European Union Commission , or highly talented postgraduates from other countries after having them screened, we would gain. Till now the MCI act 1956 did not have any provisions to register foreign postgraduates except from 5 English speaking countries.
    There is only a screening test for foreign degrees which at the most make foreign postgraduates an MBBS equivalent doctor. Which sometimes is very humiliating, thus many doctors who were educated in European Union migrated to U.K. or remained where they qualified and settled.
    Although monetarily well off, many of us want to India to at last settle in our motherland, care for our old parents, to educate our children in India and above all to work in India among our countrymen. We want to enrich India with our high class , world class European Union education , on highly mechanised modern medical instruments.Many of us are now academic teachers, consultants, researchers , very experienced clinicians.

    But our age old MCI act has never ever cared to register foreign postgraduates , nor any mechanism was put for example by assessing knowledge of candidates via putting knowledge of these foreign postgraduates accessed on DNB exams , the same that Indian DNB postgraduates give ( and not separate to avoid bias).Or else accessing individually candidates with transparent norms , or else recognition of all of them(as we badly need specialists) .Recognising all foreign postgraduates is not a bad idea ,only condition being they should pass foreign board exams and minimum duration of specialisation should not be less than 3 years .

    In short no mechanism was put in place as to enable foreign postgraduates to get specialist registration in India.

    We kindly request you to enact a mechanism , howsoever strict it may be ,no matter , but a mechanism has to be there which enables foreign postgraduates to register themselves as specialists in India in the forthcoming NMC act 2017.

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    Uthaya sooriyan s January 9, 2018, 7:52 pm

    The National Medical commission bill is welcomed by public , if the Union Government has brought
    some tangible amendments to this Bill . Exit Exam., to M B B S pass out is unnecessary and a single objective examination would not determine the quality of medical education.The existing medical university semester examinations are enough to assess the quality .If the Government finds that any pitfalls in present examinations system it can suggest suitable corrections in system.
    The present method of examination of N E ET is not all transparent ,and doubts among students and thereby creates fear among students.The mode of examinations by MCI is not systematic and cumbersome..Hence Union Government should review past conduction of all N E ET examinations and also to made to public about advantages and reforms..The Union Government and N MC should take pledge to revamp in medical admission,fixation of fees,transparent in administration and conducting of university examinations. The N MC has focused only in conducting entrance Examination and the major area of institutions oriented were left unnoticed . Existing annual Inspection of Medical colleges, by MCI and their corrupt practices such as shortages of teaching faculty, adequate infrastructure, are some maladministration noticed in MCI.But those defects are adjusted by private deemed universities on payment of hefty sum to MCI and,political involvements. While granting admissions to new course recognition and additional intake of students Deemed universities and pvt.medical colleges creases palms of Health Ministry and MCI. Most of Medical college Patrons are political muscle powered and corrupt big shorts. Then how can public expect service from them?
    Seat sharing of 60:40 would definitely pave the way to pvt.medical colleges and deemed universities to opt a corrupt practices rather qualifying medical education.Hence it is suggested that Union Government should pass bill in such a way to curb all malpractices.when common entrance is brought in to force why should premier institutions were given exemptions from N E ET? This disparity should also removed.
    The composition of New N M C should give adequate representation to all states like G S T council But too much representation of union Government top officials would not create improvement in medical education.Eminent Medical Educationist should be infused in new MCI to improve the medical service.
    Removal of 10 times fine,review by union Minister of health and PM are some welcome measures in N
    M C bill.

  3. Good step , medical fraternity by and large accepts the new NMC bill.

  4. At last patriots have taken over traitors.We need to pour in our system more quality doctors be it be with basic qualifications or with specialist qualifications. To fill the demand we should produce our own and import quality doctors from abroad. Healthcare in India is in doldrums, need is urgent. With many posts in AIIMS vacant, we need specialist, superspecialists in teaching institutions to produce more quality specialists and superspecialists.

  5. Welcome NMC , open the doors for doctors who want to practice in India, specially with foreign post graduate qualifications. There should be some mechanism to register as a specialist with foreign post graduate degrees .