After many hypes and speculations regarding the NEET examination this year, several other equally interesting informations are now doing the rounds which concern the future of MBBS aspirants in India. And if those pieces of informations are to believed, it seems that the Government has finally came up with a plan to clean up the medical education system of India, which is currently riddled with nepotism and corruption. Here is the detailed news.
About the Reform: The National Medical Commission Bill
Currently in India, the normal process for getting the M.B.B.S. degree or becoming a Doctor involves first clearing the NEET for getting admission into a Medical college, and subsequently completing the graduation degree programme, i.e., complete M.B.B.S. programme from the same. But now this process is going to change. The Government through the National Medical Commission Bill, which will constitute a statutory body to replace the Medical Council of India that currently regulates medical education and professional practice; has proposed that the M.B.B.S. students will necessarily have to clear the National Licentiate Examination (NLE) after completing their graduation for starting their practice. It will also serve the function of NEET for securing admission in the post-graduate medical courses. This aforementioned draft bill prepared by the National Institution for Transforming India, or the NITI Aayog also plans to revamp the current Indian Medical Education System by proposing new tests for students and intends to develop and maintain a uniform academic and examination standards for around 450 medical colleges in the country.
Main Objectives and Proposals
The main motive of the Government for initiating this reform was the realization that the quality of education in the medical colleges has become a crucial thing of concern now, and therefore the Doctors should be duly evaluated after passing out so as to assess whether they are really fit enough to get the license for carrying out their practice.
Additionally for ensuring the quality, the bill proposes to set up separate Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Medical Education Boards, which would be the overarching bodies to “oversee all aspects” of medical education at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level in India. “These boards would prescribe the standards for conducting the academic courses and examinations, while leaving sufficient room for creativity at the local levels, including even the design of some courses by individual institutions”, the draft bill says. It will also prepare “dynamic curriculum” catering to the “societal needs” and will ensure regular assessment of students and norms for setting up medical colleges in the country. Last but not the least, the Government plans to rate the medical colleges based on their infrastructure and performance on a regular basis.
The bottom line or the essence of this paradigm step is that the medical aspirants will now have to take their college life seriously, and that the medical colleges will have to provide quality education to their students so that duly qualified and eligible doctors only get passed out from their doors.