MCI goes, National Medical Fee takes cost


Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24

India’s new medical education regulator, National Medical Commission (NMC), will come into force from tomorrow with the Centre today abolishing the 87-year-old Medical Council of India, which was marred by corruption in its later years.

The Centre on Thursday night notified the 33-member NMC, saying it will come into force from September 25. With the notification, the MCI board of governors stands dissolved. The board was appointed four years ago to run the MCI affairs while the council was dissolved in 2010. Today, the MCI has been abolished.

NEW GUIDELINES

  • MBBS final year exam to serve as entrance test for postgraduation and foreign medical graduates
  • The NMC will make guidelines for a new cadre of non-MBBS mid-level health service providers such as nursing practitioners and pharmacists with limited rights to dispense medicines
  • PGI’s Jagat Ram is among 11 full-time NMC members

The notification names Suresh Chandra Sharma, ENT HoD, AIIMS, New Delhi, as the chairperson of the NMC which will have four autonomous boards to regulate undergraduate, postgraduate education, medical assessment and ethics and medical registration.

The development means that from tomorrow all provisions of the NMC Act, 2019, will roll out, including fee regulation on 50 per cent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities; end of inspection for college renewals. Final year MBBS exam will now serve three purposes — licentiate exam for MBBS passouts to issue them a licence to practice medicine; entrance exam for postgraduate medical education and entrance exam for foreign medical graduates. Called the National Exit Test, this final year MBBS exam will finally replace the existing National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for PG and Foreign Medical Graduates Test.



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