Govt. Plans Exit Exam for MBBS Students

Jul 2016 Source: MOTACHASHMA

Exit exam will be conducted for the MBBS Graduate from the academic year 2017-18 by Government, after the rolling out of the NEET exam for the Undergraduate medical admission this year.

The purpose of conducting the Exit Exam is to check the skills of MBBS pass-outs from Government, private colleges and whether they have learned and acquired throughout their MBBS course. The exit exam is also to test the skills of the MBBS graduate whether they can practice their skills at the end of their discipline.

The exit exam will be a mandate for MBBS graduate for the next academic year and only those students will be given license to practice to those MBBS graduates who pass the minimum marks that will be set in the Exit exam.

NEET- National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test

The Health Ministry is deciding to convert the already existing All India PG Medical entrance into a three-in-one-test that will include the MBBS exit exam. According to a Health Ministry official, “the proposal to use PG exam for MBBS exit exam is also for testing the Foreign Graduates who want licenses to practice Medicine in India". Presently, there is a separate Medical exam for Foreign Graduates seeking equivalence for Medicine Practice in India.

The main purpose of the Medical Exit exam is to mainly concerned over the standards of Medical Colleges and the quality of doctors being produced in India. The Government is planning to bring wide reforms in the medical sector and change its scenario in India. The reformed in the medical sector will be considered by a high-powered committee headed by Niti Aayog and Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya. PM’s additional Principal Secretary PK Mishra and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant are the other members.

This panel sets to recommend the scrapping of Medical Council of India (MCI) and replacing it with a National Medical Commission (NMC) and it will consist of four independent boards to supervise UG and PG education, accreditation and rating of colleges, medical register, and ethics. The commission and the Four Boards will have renowned doctors and experts who will be selected by a high-powered search-cum-selection committee unlike the existing MCI, where the members are elected. The process of election has become an obstacle in the path of renowned doctors as the one who were unable to win elections did not get a chance to participate in the working of MCI. The NMC will have around 19-20 members and their term of service will be about 5 years. It will also have members from other fields such as economics, law, and management in an effort instill professionalism in the body. An official said that the proposed NMC will be empowered to regulate medical education in India so as to make sure that the quality was at par with global standards.

The Government is trying to place the bill of setting up National Medical Commission very soon in India keeping a hope upon the quick approval from the Parliament as a Parliamentary Committee had strongly suggested the restoring of the MCI, stating that the body has failed to perform its role as regulating body and as result it has led to the downfall of Medical standards of India.

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