Recent proposals in the Medical education Industry indicate that the students in the future may not have to worry about appearing for NEET-PG for their admission to the postgraduate programmes. Sources state that the admission of the students to the PG programmes such as MD and MS will be done on the basis of their performance in their MBBS examinations. The amendment has already been included in altered National Medical Commission Bill (NMC Bill) and the same is expected to be sent to the Cabinet in the coming days.
Sources state that according to the new amendments that have been made to the NMC Bill, students wishing to pursue MD and MS programmes will be offered admission on the basis of the scores obtained in the National Exit Test (NEXT) which is expected to be held as a common Entrance Test across India. This will further allow the students to not to appear for a separate examination following their MBBS examinations, sources stated.
The students will no longer be required to appear for a particular examination after completing their MBBS examinations in order to obtain their license to practice their craft in India. However, students who wish to take admission to any of the PG programmes offered by AIIMS, they will be required to take a separate examination in order to qualify for the programmes. The national-level entrance, NEET Super Speciality will still be conducted for the programmes in DM and MCh.
The National Medical Bill had been introduced in December of 2017, however, along with the disintegration of the 16th Lok Sabha, the Bill had also been voided. The purpose of bringing in the bill had been to replace the Medical Council of India Act 1956, which gave practitioners of other fields of medicine to pursue allopathy. This had witnessed immense backlash from various doctors and medical practitioners from the field including the Indian Medical Association as well. This was not properly welcomed by the practitioners from the medical field. The bill also proposed to bring in a national-level exam for the purpose of giving licence to the doctors, which was received with a huge backlash from the people. Both the proposals have since then been removed from the Bill after a Parliamentary meeting had been conducted for the purpose.
The amendments to the Bill also stated that any actions towards promoting primary healthcare in various rural areas will be up to the state governments. It also stated that the people who practice medicine illegally or without the needed authorisation will be punished heavily with the maximum punishment being one year in prison as well as a fine of up to ₹5 lakh, as stated by sources.