80% of the email responses had staunchly opposed the move of NEXT.
New Delhi: With the government planning to introduce National Exit Test (NEXT) as a common licentiate point for exit to MBBS courses as well as entry to PG courses, the move is reportedly being met with strong opposition from medical aspirants and general public.
Replying to an RTI filed with the NITI Aayog, the organisation has stated that while it had put up the National Medical Commission Bill in the public domain for comments, majority had replied showing their opposition to NEXT. A recent report in TOI reveals that 80% of the email responses had staunchly opposed the move of NEXT.
Medical Dialogues Team had earlier reported that the NITI Aayog had proposed a common licentiate exam after MBBS- NEXT. The test would not only provide an exit point for MBBS courses, but proposal went on to link it with the entry level of the PG medical education
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The proposal, which was a constituent of the National Medical Commission Bill, had been then put in the public domain, inviting comments
The same had been then forwarded to various state governments for responses. A recent RTI with the Union Ministry of Health revealed that 12 states including Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha and Punjab and and 4 UTs have shown their favour to the examination, while nine states have pointed out no need for it
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Medical Aspirants on the other hand, have shown their opposition to the exam.
“At present, MBBS students have to clear over 10 examinations to get the degree. How can one more theory exam do wonders and bring about change in quality of medicos?” said Mohamed Khader Meeran, an MBBS student from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) who had filed the RTI with the Aayog.
The bill is currently with the group of Ministers led by Shri Arun Jaitley and the review is in the final stages.
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