National Medical Commission Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 22, 2019. The Bill will be replacing the Medical Council of India with a new body – National Medical Commission and replacing NEET PG Examination with NEXT exam.
The National Medical Commission will regulate medical education in India. The main feature of the Bill is to remove the NEET PG exam , which up until now has been the eligibility-cum-entrance exam for admission to postgraduate broad-speciality medical courses in medical institutions.
However, for the under-graduate program like MBBS and BDS, NEET-UG will continue to be the entrance examination for both the courses. Also, NEET SS will continue to be the entrance test for admission to PG Super-Specialty courses.
There will be only one common entrance examination National Exit Test or NEXT instead of separate exams.
The Provision of this examination is in Draft of National Education Policy 2019.
Following are the purpose that this NEXT entrance exam will serve :
1. Firstly it will replace NEET-PG as an entrance exam for postgraduate courses.
2. Secondly, the exam is for granting a licence to practice medicine as medical practitioners and for enrolment in the State Register or the National Register.
3. Lastly, it will act as a qualifying criteria for seeking foreign medical qualification.
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