Private medical education set to get cheaper as Centre passes National Medical Commission Bill, 2019

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New Delhi: Studying in private medical colleges in the country is soon going to be cheaper for medical aspirants as the Union Cabinet on July 17 passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in Lok Sabha.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019, seeks to replace the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) to bring reformation in the medical sector in India. This Bill had started its journey in 2016 with the Niti Aayog presenting the first draft.

According to updates, the Bill proposes a legal cap on fees charged by private medical education providers. There’s a provision in the Bill that will regulate fees on 50 per cent seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities.

“These measures through an autonomous commission will ensure a transparent admission process and also bring down the admission fee, as we have long been talking about fee regulation in private colleges,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The NMC Bill will replace the existing National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for PG and Foreign Medical Graduates Test. At present, the National Board of Examinations conducts both NEET-PG and FMG test.

“Currently, we are having NEET and entrance exams for AIIMS. Now we will also have an exit exam that will be for everyone for getting a license to practice medicine in the country,” Javadekar added.

A government statement said that apart from Medical Assessment and Rating Board, there will be three other autonomous boards under the NMC such as the Under-Graduate Medical Education Board, the Post-Graduate Medical Education Board, and the Ethics and Medical Registration Board.

With the help of these boards, the NMC will ensure a dynamic and modern educational environment and decrease the emphasis on physical infrastructure.

The Union Ministry of Health has been pushing the NMC Bill amid resistance from the Indian Medical Association, which has claimed that replacing MCI with another body may just result in people coming up with new forms of corruption.

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