Medical Council of India’s recommendation for an amendment to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act gets an approval by Union Health Minister J P Nadda, which will empower it to hold a nationwide common medical entrance test.
The health ministry is in the process of seeking opinions from other ministries. It 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.
One-country, One-medical entrance exam, has been a long-standing demand of students but has been opposed by private and minority institutes as well as some state governments. An earlier attempt to hold Common Entrance Exam for admission to medical colleges failed as it was Quashed by a bench of then Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices Vikramjit Sen and Anil Dave.
Approval by union health ministry to conduct a common entrance exam has actually given a ray of hope to all those students seeking admission to medical colleges. As they need not criss-cross the country to appear for numerous entrance tests and allegedly pay huge sums as capitation fee.
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.
Source: The India Express