The Medical Council of India (MCI) is going to conduct single common entrance test for medical aspirants from across the country for MBBS and MD. Union Health Minister, J P Nadda has approved the Medical Council of India’s recommendation to amend the Indian Medical Council Act which allows it to conduct a nationwide common medical entrance test.
MCI is a statutory body which maintains the high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in India. It registers doctors to practice in India, in order to protect and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.
A draft cabinet note by the health ministry has been circulated among the ministers. The MCI has told the government either it will notify the existing All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) or introduce a new one.
The president of MCI, Dr. Ketan Desai, set up an expert committee that brought the report that there were more than 90 entrance examinations conducted annually for admission to MBBS course in about 300 medical colleges across the country. Now, with the new amendment a single test would be conducted for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in all colleges, including private colleges and deemed universities.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has welcomed this move and said it will bring transparency in the system. “We welcome this step and believe that it should be implemented at the earliest since it will help bring transparency to the system,” said KK Aggarwal, Secretary General of IMA.
Earlier the attempt of the common test by MCI had faced with a negative response. In 2013, the center had implemented National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance test (NEET) for admission to all undergraduate medical colleges. Around 115 petitions filed against MCI to the supreme court. The Supreme Court quashed NEET then by saying, “The role assigned to the MCI under sections 10A and 19A (1) of the 1956 Act vindicates such a conclusion. As an offshoot, we have no legislation in holding that the Medical Council of India is not empowered to actually conduct the NEET.”
This time also, it seems that the Union Health Minister’s decision is facing opposition. According to a source, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to the Prime Minister against this move.