Medical Council of India on Monday accepted the proposal to conduct common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses aspirants. The recommendation has been forwarded to the Ministry of Health and Family Planning and is waiting for the final approval. Narendra Modi government was very much interested to have a common entrance test for all medical institutions across the nation. As per the statements received, MCI is waiting for the sanction from government so that the same can be implemented from upcoming academic session.
Presently there are somewhere around 70,000 seats for MBBS and 21,000 seats for MD in medical institutions across the country. Every state government conducts their own medical entrance test to fill medical seats. AIPMT is conducted by CBSE as per the regulations laid by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Private medical college association, deemed universities and minority institutes who offer medical education, too conduct their own CET. So as to not keep the future in dark, children usually fill the application forms for all entrance tests.
The need to conduct common entrance test for medical admissions came into limelight due to the Vyapam scam, DMAT scam and other ill practices in AIPMT which create lot of problem in entrance tests followed up by the admission process. As per the reports given by the sources of top ministry, Health minister J P Nadda is considering this matter very “seriously” and will take the best measures so as to make sure that the same does not get repeated as it happened in the year 2013. So far, ‘all signals are positive’ in this direction, said a top government source.
In the year 2009 when Dr Ketan Desai was the head of MCI, for the first time the initiative to conduct common entrance test for medical students across the country was taken. But in 2013, Supreme Court quashed the decision of holding common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses as ‘invalid’. The reason cited by a three-judge bench on 2:1 verdict was that the notification was ultra vires of the Constitution.
Senior Health Ministry official was of the view, “MCI, in its general body meeting on October 1, has backed the proposal. As per the existing policy, every State government conduct their own entrance test. Private medical college associations and deemed universities also conduct their own CET. And an aspiring candidate appears in all the exams.”
Further he added, “But here under the proposal, there will be a common entrance test for all medical aspirants from across the country and would be of great help to the students.”
Dr Kishor Taori, president of MMC and member of MCI said, “Common test would be of great help to the students. We have also proposed an amendment in MCI Act, which empowers the MCI to take decision on conduct of common test.”
The decision given by MCI is being welcomed by everyone as the common entrance test will end many malpractices. The decision taken by MCI and government to conduct a common entrance test would be the best way to benefit students and get rid of corruption prevailing in the system.