Union Health Ministry proposes to scrap NEET PG, suggests final MBBS exam enough for MD, MS admissions

Union Health Ministry proposes to scrap NEET PG

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has proposed to do away with NEET PG. This has come as a relief to medical students who are willing to pursue postgraduate courses. It has proposed that the final MBBS examination would be enough for admission to MD and MS programmes. Official sources told media that the amendment has been incorporated in the revised draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which will be sent to the Cabinet soon. 

PMO suggests incorporating changes

They said that on the directions of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the changes have been included in the bill. “According to the amendments made in the fresh NMC Bill, entry into the PG programmes will be on the basis of the results of the National Exit Test (NEXT), which would be held as a common exam across the country.

So the candidates would not have to appear in a separate exam after clearing the MBBS final exam for admission to PG courses,” the source has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Separate exam after MBBS not required for practice license

For obtaining a license to practice, there will not be a requirement from the students to take a separate exam after MBBS. However, clearing a separate exam will remain compulsory to get admission in PG programmes at AIIMS. The sources further said that the NEET Super Specialty will continue, which is a national-level entrance exam for admission in DM/MCh programmes. 

As many as 80,000 students take admission into MBBS courses every year across nearly 480 medical colleges in India. A total of 1.5 lakh students take entrance exams for admission to nearly 50,000 postgraduate seats.

In December 2017, the NMC Bill was introduced in Parliament, but it lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. After it was introduced in the lower house in 2017, the Bill aimed to replace the Medical Council of India Act, 1956 and involved the contentious provision of a “bridge course” for allowing practitioners of alternative medicines to study allopathy.

It was referred to a Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee following massive protests from the medical fraternity.

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