MCI recommendation: Health Ministry clears common test for admission into medical colleges

Proposed amendment to empower MCI to hold exam for pvt colleges, states, minority institutes.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:February 7, 2016 4:15 am
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In a significant move, Union Health Minister J P Nadda has approved the Medical Council of India’s recommendation for an amendment to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act that will empower it to hold a nationwide common medical entrance test.

The health ministry has prepared a draft cabinet note to be circulated among the ministries.

The proposed amendment will pave the way for a one-country, one-medical entrance plan, for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in all colleges, including private colleges and deemed universities.

The MCI has told the government that it could either notify an existing examination, like the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), as the common test or notify a new one.

The IMC Act governs the functioning of the MCI, which is the medical education regulator. Under the current Act, its role is limited to finalising the medical curriculum, while the states and individual colleges can devise their own admission procedures.

But in October last year, the MCI general body passed a proposal to amend the Act in order to empower it to conduct a common entrance test.

An earlier attempt to hold a common entrance test did not pass muster with the Supreme Court as it was undertaken by just notifying a change in the rules, without actually amending the Act.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (PG) was held in November-December 2012 and NEET (UG) in May 2013. About 80 petitions were filed by minority institutes, private colleges and some state governments, which went to the Supreme Court.

Quashing NEET in July 2013, a bench of then Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices Vikramjit Sen and Anil Dave ruled: “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 hesitation in holding that the Medical Council of India is not empowered to actually conduct the NEET.”

The MCI general body has now recommended to the government that it should be empowered to prescribe such a test — whether it is conducted by the National Board of Examinations, like in the case of NEET, or some other body is a call that can be taken later.

Students seeking admission to medical colleges — at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels — often need to criss-cross the country, appearing for numerous entrance tests. Sometimes, they allegedly have to pay huge sums as capitation fee. A common entrance test has been a long-standing demand of students, but has been opposed by private and minority institutes as well as some state governments.

The NEET plan too faced opposition right from the start. The original plan was to implement it for the 2012-2013 session but it had to be delayed because of opposition from states. Giving in to their demands, the ministry agreed to conduct the test in six regional languages — Tamil, Marathi, Assamese, Bangla, Telugu and Gujarati — but private institutes still objected.

This time too, even as the ministry is in the process of seeking opinions from other ministries, sources said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing any such move.

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    KRISHAN KUMAR
    Feb 9, 2016 at 1:34 pm
    IT IS THE GREAT MOVE FOR DEVELOPING INDIA ,BY THIS EVERY STUDENT FACE THE SAME COPIION LEVEL IN COMMEN ENTRENCE MEDICAL TEST.
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      Sumangarg
      Apr 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm
      Excellent! This is very difficult for students to give so many exam, and many cannot offer for all private and government college exam
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        Sumangarg
        Apr 28, 2016 at 12:02 pm
        What means of next 1andneet 2
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          Jatin
          Feb 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm
          Very good step taken by the Union Health Minister JP Nadda 👏👏 congratulations to BJP Govt. There are so many Medical exams. Students are paying 1000/- to 2000/- Rs. for each exams
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            Jatin
            Feb 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm
            wasting their time
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              Prav
              Feb 26, 2016 at 7:51 am
              Whether it is one common entrance or two entrance doesn't make any difference as long as there's a caste system in everything and frauds in every corner of India. Caste system and lousy government are the only Backfall because of which we are still a developing country. Though there are many proposals that PM Mr.modi is putting forth in India, he hasn't done anything to raise the gdp for medical needs nor he has made an equal number of pg seats like mbbs so that every deserving doc can get into his/her dream rather every politicians are having an urge to make the life of a doctor more complicated with 1 year of rural service and cancelling the dreams of many docs who wanna go abroad and learn. Why is it only doctors should face all the problems? ??? And still we are blamed for and beaten up in India. Doctors are now not anymore respected like they were.
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                Saket
                Feb 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm
                Great move, the medical admission process has got murkier. It needs to be more transparent Now there will be court cases and attempts to delay it
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                  Akhilesh Kumar
                  Feb 8, 2016 at 5:45 am
                  Right Move by the Govt
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                    Alex
                    Feb 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                    The decision might do good in a w. But there are two major problems our students are going to face: 1. Students in 1 and 2 now are already preparing for the current entrance examinations. A sudden amendment in the same will do nothing more than increasing anxiety among them. 2. Every state doesn't have the same educational facilities or infrastructure thereby putting students from certain states at advantage. I propose that this move would not be the best move for the 'times now'.
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                      A KUNDU
                      Feb 7, 2016 at 6:48 am
                      WHETHER IT WILL BE APPLICABLE FOR CURRENT SESSION IE ,2016-17 OR NOT, AIPMT ALREADY ANNOUNCED AND OTHER PRIVATE INSUTES HAVE STARTED ADVERTISING. PL CONFIRM IT URGENT
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                        ashok
                        Feb 7, 2016 at 6:40 am
                        Medical colleges is the place where India black money exists private and minority colleges wouldn't allow that to be taken away hence they would oppose common entrance exam politicians have their take in it
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                          Avinash
                          Feb 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                          Not appropriate at this time , when students have prepared as state level entrance
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                            alok biswas
                            Apr 22, 2016 at 11:52 am
                            Just an unjudicious move...govt should implement common syllabus at 10th and 12th level all across the country first.....and then only can think of such move....this moment any such move will just despire lakhs of genuine medical aspirants of the country....it should be stopped here
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                              Benny Paul
                              Feb 7, 2016 at 5:01 am
                              A good step step from the government. The syllabus should be the same in all colleges. Admission should be based on merit alone. Poor students should be provided financial istance. Minorities or others should not be allowed to run a different show. We need meritorious and capable persons as doctors to take care of the health of the nation. Their pay and allowances should be much more than the present. Presently a doctor at the initial stages draws a ry equal to an office supdt in many states.
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                                Rajesh
                                Feb 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm
                                Great move. Saves students the trouble of writing multiple exams. Since this is good for India, it will be opposed by all the Modi haters.
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                                  Rajesh
                                  Feb 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                                  Isnt it fascinating how any article that is about something good for India, never has any comments from CONgis and AAPs. They make a huge drama for Modi pulling Akshay's sons ear or stupid statements from Jihadi Azam Khan, but not one word on an issue that will help so many aspiring doctors in India.
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                                    Capt Sanjay
                                    Feb 7, 2016 at 2:17 am
                                    Vested interests and influential owners of private medical colleges wouldn't let it happen easily. Indian Express is reuested to continue follow up and clean the medical entrance examination scam going on in India .
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                                      amit
                                      Apr 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm
                                      well depends how things will turn up...? or like in older case the judge will take about 100 crores from pvt medical colleges and upheld the verdict again....!! in india medical education requires a big reform.lt;br/gt;there is shortage of medical colleges, medical doctors,, seats in medical colleges and govt medical colleges, there are too many patients to be taken proper care off. on the other side all pvt college have doctors n medical seats, but no patients.lt;br/gt;such a irony can exist only in india...........!!
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                                        d.sarkar
                                        Feb 7, 2016 at 6:51 am
                                        this will stop medical colleges without proper infrastructure to function and also will stop loot and per by pvt. medical colleges by depriving genuine candidates.
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                                          Joseph Kunju
                                          Feb 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm
                                          Now ...problems are started planting to the preparing students brains....Please...now they are preparing for Entrance Tests....do not disturb them...let them study with cool mind and clean brain....whatever needs to do...pls make it in the months of July, Aug,Sept,Oct so that students will feel comfort...do not create problems for them please.....
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                                            Ravi Bopparaju
                                            Feb 7, 2016 at 1:25 am
                                            Looks like a good move. Also the DIRE need of THE HOUR is an gt; EXIT EXAM for all Professionals. Considering the fact that 90% 'DOCTORS' can't Identify a Liver, Kidney or Spleen. That is in spite of the fact they Visited Mutton and pork shops! gt; We see the current day 'Public Engineers' haven't heard of 'Road banking' or for that matter consult Uneducated Masons for all Designs -Bridges, Culverts et. al. So the progressive folks at Delhi can put into motion a worthwhile EXIT exams or License to practice for ALL ENGINEERS, Doctors. gt; Similarly we can't have folks who are unemployable return to the Alma mater !!!
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