It’s been a week since the draft Indian Medical Council (amendment) Bill 2016 was thrown open for feedback from the general public. Friday (6th January) was the last day to suggest changes in the draft. Under the bill, it has been proposed to make it mandatory for MBBS students to clear the National Exit Test to get ‘Doctor’ title. Union Health Minister, J.P. Nadda had announced the draft on 29th December 2016.
The draft makes provision for an exit test (National Exit Test or NEXT) for MBBS graduates to qualify for medical practice. As per government officials NEXT will improve the quality of medical education in the country. But this has been opposed by the doctors across the state.
“Government medical colleges and majority of private medical colleges are affiliated to universities which are under the respective state governments. After passing the 4 yearly university exams, again taking another exam is like government saying they don’t believe in their own university,” said Dr Sagar Mundada , psychiatrist at KEM hospital.
While some doctors agreed that NEXT will to maintain uniform standard in medical education, the 50% reservation clause has not been well accepted. “We already have 50 % reservations for post graduate seats for medical officers, what is the need to have another reservation?” said Mundada.
“It is a good concept but government should make sure that students will not be overburden with another exam also we do not agree with the idea of 50% reservation at PG level,” said Dr Sudhir Naik, immediate past president of association of medical consultant.
Director of Nephrology at Global hospital Dr Bharat Shah said, “NEXT will standardise examinations for students so except the 50% reservation overall it is a good draft.”