NMC to function as top medical education regulator in India

Date: 25-Sep-2020

The National Medical Commission (NMC), a new body, will function as the country’s top regulator of medical education from 25 September 2020, a day after the Centre dissolves the BoG-MCI through a gazette notification.

The setting up of NMC was a government move to bring reforms in the medical education sector, especially aimed at replacing the MCI, which was marred by corruption. The Government had dissolved the MCI in the year 2018 following the corruption charges and replaced it with a BoG, which was chaired by Dr VK Paul, member (Health), Niti Aayog. The body was functioning under the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956.

The IMC Act stands repealed, and has been replaced by the NMC Act that came into existence on August 8, 2019. “Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956) is hereby repealed with effect from September 25. The BoG appointed under section 3A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956) in supersession of the MCI constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Act shall stand dissolved,” stated the gazette notification issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW).

Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma, former head of the ENT department at AIIMS New Delhi has been appointed as the chairman of the NMC. Dr Rakesh Kumar Vats, Secretary General, BoG-MCI, has been appointed as the secretary of the NMC by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). 

The NMC will have four separate autonomous boards: Under-Graduate Medical Education, Post-Graduate Medical Education, Medical Assessment and Rating and Ethics and Medical Registration. The common final year MBBS exam will now be known as the National Exit Test (NEXT), according to the new medical education structure under the NMC.

NEXT will act as licentiate examination to practice medicine, the criteria for PG medical admission and also for screening of foreign medical graduates. Besides the NEET, NEXT will also be applicable to institutes of national importance such as all the AIIMS in a bid to ensure a common standard in the medical education sector in the country.

 

Source: Times Now

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